...a thousand words, so I will spare you a lengthy missive. I was beyond excited to get out of Manila for my trip to Iriga City. Landing in Legaspi I was graced with the glory that is the Mayon Volcano (yes it's active, yes there was smoke coming from the top). However, just as glorious was the drive north to Iriga, through the little barangays (towns), passing tricycles, busses, jeepneys, roadside stands selling goods, bicycles, school letting out and kids flooding the sides of the road in their school uniforms. Though not Manila, Iriga is full of hustly and bustle, voices, vehicles and the occassional crow of the rooster. Friday morning included the honor of meeting division officials, visiting an alternative school program as well as a quick visit to a school for students with special needs. However, the greatest part of the day wat the celebrity reception at San Antonio National High School. Greeted by a marching band, snacks, tours, and lunch with the staff, the afternoon exceeded my expectations. A humble school set amongst the rice fields, I can't wait to spend the next week getting to know the students and working with the teachers. My gratitude for this kind city and its wonderful people cannot be captured in words, so perhaps a few pictures will do.