A good scavenger hunt never fails!
A proven success time and time again, the simplistic brilliance of a good scavenger hunt will never tire. As a contingent of both adults and children converged on the plaza soil one sunny Wednesday afternoon, and with a solid search list ready to run with, I had a good feeling about the days Dia De Intecambio success. Teams of two, one adult paired with one child, were formed and with the list of goodies to collect provided to each team, the teams dispersed in frenzied excitement to collect as many items as possible within the provided time frame. Items on the scavenger hunt list, in Spanish known as “La Buscada”, included shells, a napkin signed by Margarita, a local restaurant and hotel owner, a glass of ice, the signature of Bo Fox, a lava rock, and 5 pieces of trash, among many other items, made the process an enthusiastic time rush and the joy of the process was apparent in the faces of all participants, both young and younger. Once we reconvened, I read through the list and checked off the teams whom managed to collect the spoken item and marked an X signifying which teams had neglected to collect certain items on the list. As luck would have it, my team won the hunt. And for the record, this victory had nothing to do with my prior knowledge of the items list and everything to do with the hustle of my teammate and our excellent synergy, I am proud to say, we killed it! All teams worked incredibly well together, all beaming. All child participants were rewarded art kits which included colored pencils, crayons, paints and pencils with eraser and sharpener. The grand prize winner received her very own art book as well as drawing pencils and fine acrylic paints! The days success was apparent in the sentiment felt by all involved and the objective of cultural exchange, clearly achieved.