Me. Encanta. Ecuador. (Translation: I. Love. Ecuador.)
Oh my goodness, is it great here! I swear I’ve learned more Spanish in the 4 days here than in the over 5 years I took Spanish classes. All of my research for my Honors Project on the language learning process is ringing in my ears – the context in which you learn a language is SO important. This immersive experience is truly amazing (frustrating at times, but worth it).
I can’t believe how much my host family has managed to squeeze in during the past 4 days – I’m exhausted!!! I wouldn’t want it any other way though. I’ve been blessed with a funny, caring, patient, athletic host family who goes out of their way to make sure I’m taken care of… I’ll never be able to thank them enough (even if I knew how to say it in Spanish, I wouldn’t be able to find the right words).
Ecuador is over 90% Catholic (part of the reason I picked to come here) so this past week has been special because it is La Semana Santa – or Holy Week. My family took me to a parade, down La Calle de Siete Iglesias (the street with 7 churches), to El Panecillo and to La Ronda.
Parade to celebrate Good Friday and Jesus’ path to where he was crucified.
I’ve met my host grandparents (they live on a farm); I like salchipapas; I tried chicken feet; I ate something at the market today that I can’t pronounce; my family plays voley every weekend (I’ll tell you more about that later because it is much different than American volleyball and I suck at it); I’ve bonded a lot with my host sister especially (she likes Snapchat); I’ve eaten a lot of bread, rice and ice cream; and I sang Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and J.Lo at karaoke last night.
Tomorrow is my first day of school and to be honest, I have no idea what to expect what-so-ever. I do know I’m excited and my host mom also teaches at my school which makes me feel SO much better. Tomorrow is going to be a great day – I can feel it.
¡Buenas Noches desde Ecuador!