Day with Family/Rest
11.06.2016 - 11.06.2016
The culture shock is already starting to wear off which is wonderful. I woke up around 10:00 this morning and just lazed around for a while! (Much needed ) Luckily my host family gave me space to just do that. My voice (that I totally lost last night) was back this morning- grumbly, but sound was coming out! Around noonish my host mom and Jimena (younger sister) asked if I wanted to go to the store with them. I said sure so we set off with Blanquito (their puppy) and walked to the grocery store. The store (pictured below) was full of fresh goods and all my host mom had to do was tell and employee what she wanted and they went around and got the items and filled the cart.
Much different than Walmart haha! Then we walked back and Rosa started making comeda (late lunch). Here they eat two small breakfasts, a huge lunch sometime between 2 and 4 in the afternoon (called comeda-which yes means food also), and then a smallish late dinner (like around 10 or 11 at night). After we ate lunch today I went out with one of the other students. The original plan was to go to a museum with a bug group of people but that fell through so Carl walked me around the city and helped me familiarize myself which was great! We also got ice cream!
Once back home, Jimena asked me if I wanted to go on another walk (or so I thought), turns out her mom and dad came too and we got in a car…lol language barrier is real… Anyway we went across town and picked up Rosa’s (my host mom) aunt (88 years old with Alzheimer’s) and took her with us to a local bar where more family worked. We sat down and ordered drinks (bars here don’t just serve alcoholic drinks). Any time you order drinks of any kind here they give you Tapas (little snacks) as long as you sit there. This particular place had a foosball table and I asked Jimena if she wanted to play instead of listen to the adults talk. She gladly agreed and we played foosball for about an hour!
Haha she is funny, has a great cheerful outgoing personality and I got to know her better. She is actually quite attached to me now. As when we got home she pulled me with her everywhere and showed me everything and then sat next to me (leaning on my shoulder) while we watched Big Bang Theory in Spanish!
We all ate dinner out on the patio and it was beautiful! I also got through some conversations with the family where I understood what was going on. Much thanks to Sophia who speaks English pretty well and helped me through it. As a result, I feel like Sophia and I bonded too. My host Dad is…. definitely a Dad, he had common dad jokes and loves his girls. I like him a lot! He speaks almost no English but is extremely patient with me. I have a wonderful family and I already am starting to feel closer to them and less stressed about the language barrier! Hopefully I will get better and better at Spanish as the next two weeks pass!
Highlight of the Day: Playing foosball with Jimena and not worrying about the language barrier because laughter is universal!
- **Opps need to get better at remembering to take pictures! I've been slacking!