Living Life in Slow Motion
Trip Start Aug 19, 2008
41Trip End Oct 29, 2010
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MY NEW FAMILY: is pretty different from my first family. I live with my Doņa, Don, and their grandchild, Yense, who is the most adorably LOUD 5 year old boy. My doņa thinks I donīt eat because I canīt finish all 8 pounds of food on the table, including plantains, yucca, potatos, fried eggs, avocado, and salami ALL douced in oil
JUSTINīS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: was the most ridiculously, Indiana Jones like, day of my life in a long time. I went with 4 other friends and one of my friendīs homestay family, which was 30 people, on a hike to a river. We all thought that it was going to be an easy hour hike on a path to a river. Boy, were we wrong. It was a 3 hour hike through brush, trees, bushes with thorns, falling guavas, snakes, and climbing up and down rocks. The thing that made it so funny was that everyone in this family participated, including old men drinking rum the whole way, women carrying 8 month old babies, and children...a lot of children. We eventually made it to this gorgeous small waterfall and were able to swim in the refreshing water base.
LIFE IN GENERAL: is so different here. Bucket baths, reading by candle light, and sitting on the porches with every family in the neighborhood while sipping on coffee. It is such a giving community, not to mention visually stunning, yet the poverty is ever-looming
Iīm having a great time with the other volunteers, learning spanish in a classroom that is a terrace, overlooking a valley of palm trees, and am getting to know a new community. Iīm excited to see what is next, even if it may be scary at the same time. This experience is making me go outside my comfort zone by having to interview members of the community, present myself in front of the whole church community (tomorrow..ahhh), and be able to try and get to know the people that I will eventually work with. What an experience..