Hanging out with Los Vásquez is always a good time, but for Doña Edita’s birthday we decided to take it up a notch and gift them all nose flutes. If we’re honest, there may have been more laughter than music going on, but we wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
This Peace Corps Mama took care of me when I couldn’t speak Spanish at all, when everything thing was new and strange, and all throughout Pre-Service Training as my host mom and guide. From teaching me about bucket showers and washing clothes by hand, to always keeping me healthy and well-fed, I can’t thank her enough for helping me get to where I am today. It was so good to see her today at the Swearing-In ceremony for the new generation of PCVs. She told me how proud she is of my improved Spanish and of our service to her country. Thanks for loving me like you do, Mama Manuelita!
Games and fun are universal. Andrew’s proud to say he’s currently undefeated in Spanish Scrabble (1-0). Yay for a host mom who loves words, language, and fun and will play games like this with us.
Today was a big day as we moved from our little casita to a room in another home. We’re excited about the possibilities this new place presents: a new host mom, a slightly bigger kitchen, and a smaller price tag. We on the second floor with a balcony, have a rooftop garden, oh and our host mom has her PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Illinois. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.