I'm Mistaken for a Piasa

Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 30, 2011

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Where I stayed
Calle 28- El Mirador del Alpes
What I did
Went to School, had lunch, exchanged money, shopped, walked the town, came home for dinner

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Highlight of my day; another American thought I was a "piasa" (native to Colombia). I must be getting some color and speaking beautifully!
 My new friend's name is Bruce and he has been in the city for nine months and also taught at Denver West for six years. Next Thursday, all expat students, studying spanish, are invited to go on a free, four hour City Tour of Medellin. I'm so excited to see every little detail of my new home and become an expert on the history. I am meeting new people every day and slowly inching out of my comfort zone when I explore new parts of my every day route. For example, today I walked around the mall across from my university and found a trendy smoothie bar that doubles as a delicious restaurant. I also found a creperie on campus. Things are looking good food wise!
When I got home for my own yummy lunch I was able to take my time wandering. I had gone to school and home solo, therefore I was only needed to consider my own time. I strolled by the bakery and smelled fresh rolls, glanced at all the cold ice cream melting form the heat, and listened to the birds in the park. I was doing it all on my own. It felt pretty normal and then I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection of the bank window. I thought "Wow! Here am in Medellin all by myself and exploring all these new things." Feeling confident and being aware of your surroundings is all it takes. I have always loved the go, go, go energy of cities and now I am feeding off it to accomplish all that I can while I'm here. As much as I feel like I'm in a different world here, there are still many harsh realities that make you realize how human we all are.
Today the house phone rang and within a few minutes Mami was hysterically crying. Her mother has cancer and today was a scare. I remember so vividly my grandma's and best friend's battle, I hate to see any one else have to go through the same thing. Grandma came over she was at the hospital and her spirits seemed high and had an appetite. However, I am no expert on spanish medical terms so I am not 100% sure what kind of cancer she is battling. I only know she has a lot of support and a loving family to help her. I can see the way her husband looks at her and he loves her more than anything. It brings back memories of my grandparents and their undying love.  
They took Grandma home after lunch and the rest of us went to change my American dollars. Everyone was exhausted from the afternoon, moving like we had lead shoes on. There were a few more errands to run like pick up groceries and jeans. By the time we got home for dinner everyone was ready for bed, including David who had been cleaning the house ALL day. He was there before I woke up at 8 and stayed until after dinner at 7. The entire house was polished and bleached. There isn't a spot he missed. He even did the ironing! I wondered how much that cost, because if it were at home it would probably take two days because the houses are bigger and suck all the money out of your bank account. Maybe tomorrow I'll ask.
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Debbie King on

Please tell Adriana how sorry I am to hear of her mom's plight and we wish her well. I am so glad to hear you are gaining confidence and finding your way around. Still be careful - we love you!!!!

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