Olivia is a big treasure hunt fan. So this year, for her 7th birthday, I decided to organize a very special one, involving the entire neighborhood.
There was a card waiting for her at home. “Look for 7 clues and you will find your birthday present”.
She studied the clue and guessed it fast: the first card had to be at La mar de Letras, our local children´s bookshop. She run there and found the owner, our friend Clara, waiting for her with the next card.
We love Clara, she is an amazing storyteller and she always recommends Olivia the best books
Reading the first clue was fun!
It led her to Acaramelada, a lovely pastry and cookery school.
Olivia loves this place too. The owner, María José, is a wonderful mom and Teach a Talent volunteer that is always happy to teach her how to make cookies or cupcakes.
They had hidden the next card inside an old scale so she needed extra help.
The card came with a delicious cookie!
The next stop was easy. Her favourite shop in the whole city!
This shop sells the most beautiful things. Old toys, antiques, vintage parafernalia…we just love it there.
The owners had hidden the car inside a “pirate trunk” so she was really excited.
This clue was a bit more tricky for her, but she finally got it. The next card was waiting for her at her favourite restaurant.
Waiters were already expecting her and cheered her arrival.
The next card was inside:
If there is a place she loves in our neighbourhood that’s our local library. She spends hours there reading and checking out books. So obviously I had to hide a clue there too:
The ladies there were so kind to her. They had hidden the card at the check out counter.
The next clue led her to our building because our doorman wanted to be involved too. He loves Olivia and was excited to hide the next card in the garden. She found it next to Negrita’s house (the garden cat).
She eagerly read the clue that was going to lead her to the last card, the one with the present:
The present had to be at Delic, our local coffee bar. We go there almost everyday and the staff is like family to us.
But first an important stop. She wanted to tell all about the hunt to Maria:
Maria is a very old lady that is unfortunately unable to leave her house. The girls visit her window often and she is always looking forward to listening to their stories.
Card number seven came with the present:
She got the skates she wanted, so she was really over the moon.
It was a lovely afternoon. I am grateful beyond words to all the neighbours, for being always so nice to me and the girls and for giving her this wonderful memory . And I have to say that I couldn’t be more proud of Matilde, who was so supportive and happy for her sister.
All pics by Miki Avila Thanks Miki!