. It used to feel strange that I was here, doing all these crazy things, but now I can't imagine staying at Battle Mountain for first semester. I feel so sure that I was meant to travel to Colombia, meet all these wonderful people and become a better person. There are values here that seem to have disappeared in the States and thus I am grateful that I am experiencing them first hand. For example last night, I stayed home (even though I would have liked to go to my friends birthday party, dand stomach ache...) and enjoyed Mami and Papi's dancing. The two of them stayed up until three in the morning drinking aguardiente, carefully choosing each song they wanted to hear, and dancing salsa. As I crocheted on the couch, I observed how infatuated they are with each other. They have been together since age 12! That love makes this household very strong and able to perceiver through anything.
It was one o'clock when I retreated to my room, and they continued on for another two hours. Sometimes there are benefits to not being able to go out and it seems like every experience in Colombia has its benefits and lessons to be learned.
I have not been feeling in tip-top shape this weekend and have passed time with Mami learning to crochet. My stomach is the main cause of discomfort, which eliminated Rumba class and other enduring activities. Crochet has been the perfect way to disregard the slow passing minutes. Laying in Mami's bed, we had a long talk about gratitude and the differences between our cultures. My attention has been drawn to how money is discussed and dealt with. Money gets borrowed frequently; they decline offers because "no hay plata" (there isn't money); you are encouraged to buy products from friends; importance is placed on the price of gifts; everyone is always asking how much your purchase was; and it is common knowledge that if you need money, you ask Papi. These are small things that I am just starting to get used to. I have also recently been taught to take my "ropa interior" (under garments) to the shower with me, for they do not belong with the other clothes in the washing machine. It feels like I am really getting settled in now and creating habits that keep me in sync with the rest of the family, however, I only have the rest of this month to practice them before I return to the states