Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
90Trip End Dec 30, 2011
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Where I stayed
Calle 28-El Mirador del Alpes
What I did
French Class, Cleaned the house, Went to Grandma's
The first two classes we didn't talk much, however today was a good day from some bonding. We both bought our book for the class last week, however, we also need an "exercise journal" and a CD. That will be another 40,000 pesos. Claudia and I discussed the possibility of getting them together and having study dates in the near future. It's very nice when people open up to and offer assistance. Still, no one understands me quite like Tati and it can take a few attempts to get my message across. We manage though and are able to carry out a conversation. It would be helpful to have a partner to study French with particularly because next week is our first exam. I am little nervous to have my first "college exam" and will be preparing all this week, all that I can. The activities I help Tati with in English I also do in French, yet I'm not sure that will be enough to ace the test. However, I have found many helpful youtube videos and websites to give correct pronunciation and further encourage my learning.
After the four hour lesson I was ready to be home. The traffic was oddly horrific today and instead of the usual fifteen minutes to get home, the trip doubled. Thirty minutes of head banging movement and heavy polluted air left me light headed. The seven flights of stairs to the front door were killer and I entered the house cross-eyed
I hate feeling the smog in my lungs. There are some people who wear hospital masks out in the streets when traffic and air are thick, I would to if I didn't already stand out so much. Pollution is so noticeable it's sad. "El Rio de Medellin" (River of Medellin) looks more like a sewage drain. The muddy water carries old bottles, wrappers, cigarettes, and I have even saw a shopping cart drifting along. When the rain pours it leads to the the river and brings with it all the garbage littered on the ground. I have only seen one "please properly dispose of your trash" sign in the Activity Park of Belen. Even dog owners aren't bothered to pick up after their pets. In our neighborhood park there is definitely potential for a clean up and some pretty signs and garbage pales. When I saw someone pick up a piece of trash I was shocked, but after they realized it wasn't what they thought it was, they tossed it back on the ground despite there being a disposal fifteen feet away. I was encouraged to pursue the park's cleanliness when Bruce (an American) picked up trash we were passing the other day. Just because Colombian's haven't started cleaning up the area on their own doesn't mean they don't care, right? I hope that is the case and that I can motivate other's to have pride in their beautiful land and keep it clean. My campaign has just begun!
When I mentioned my intentions to my family they thought it was "cute". Not exactly what I was looking for but I'll take what I can get.
As for tonight, things are quite calm here and we are cheering on Team Medellin once again. When Papi wants to watch his team there is no hope for quiet in the family room for about two hours. I have retreated to my room to record the day's adventure and when the game is over Tati and I are looking forward to watching "Genomeo and Juliet".