Dear Family and Friends,
It is a tradition here in Ecuador to burn an effigy at midnight. The effigy is symbolic of what you are letting go of and choose not take into the new year. It is quite common to see stuffed dummies of political leaders, football teams and other things representing what people want to leave behind them.
The other day we bought our effigy. We bought a symbolic covid virus. We look forward to burning him tonight and hopefully mark the beginning of leaving him behind us. We are not sure when we will be able to get our vaccine here in Ecuador, but as soon as we can, we will be getting it.
To all our friends and family, please be careful until you can get your vaccine. The new strain of the virus is much easier to catch. Do everything you can to protect yourself and others.
We love you all.
Nancy and Chuck