Starting to get my bearings...
Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
90Trip End Dec 30, 2011
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Where I stayed
Casa de Quinterano
Today my mom made the eggs and Adrianna gladly watched, then added the salt to her own portion. As soon as we cleaned up breakfast we were on our way to the University again to get a tour of the place. Gustavo showed us every building and gloated every detail. It is truly so beautiful and full of life. There are 8,000 undergraduates and 5,000 preschoolers/middle schoolers on the same campus. There are two guarded entrances and at each building door there is another security guard. There are no guns. The library is GORGEOUS and will be a place I'm sure I will spend a lot of time applying for schools (via internet), reading, studying, and just hanging out. The Aula Magna is an enormous lecture hall and right next door is the school of Architecture and Design.
After the tour we ate lunch at a cute little place close to home. Mom and I shared a Chicken Dish with a corn bread, roll type of thing, plantain, potatoes plus the soup and salad it came with. It was muy rica! We ran some errands like getting a watch battery and reading classes. Then comes my least favorite part of the day...
We are tired and return home to relax. This is when I really miss my home. I occupied my time by reading The Help, which I LOVE. I found this helpful until I needed to translate some things for my mom and my brain had already taken a vacation from spanish. Reading in English was like brain candy and I felt so relaxed since nothing, all day is in English! I had to put it back in gear so things could get done, and good things at that. Adrainna's neighbor (Cheryl-pronounced totally different) came over to do our nails! I choose a dark red because she told me I would fit in, even though I think I'm already to fair skinned for that.
This was the transition to my favorite part of the day when my sister gets home from school, the grandkids are running around, mamas are in the kitchen, and the doors are left open. It is then that I feel this becoming my home. Everyone is always laughing and talking and enjoying the company. This culture is full of adoration and the words I hear most often are synonyms for beautiful. Bonita, guapa, hermosa, linda, divina, preciosa, rica, con much amor, and so many others I can't keep track of. There are nicknames galore for those they adore. My personal nickname is "Lelita", I like it :)
As for tomorrow, Tati will be celebrating her 21st birthday! It is undecided if they will let me in the diso yet, since I'm not 18 for another two weeks...no me importe. I do love it here and am so grateful for the experience.