Hello from San Nicolas, Argentina.
Yes, I know I don’t even desereve to have a blog because I haven’t updated it since I arrived but as Ï have more time right now I figured I’d update the interested. I am now on a little vacation in a city called San Nicolas with a girl I met while living here. I am also here with two other Americans who are living with me for a year. (Jamie and Kath)
We are here for about 4 days and I can already tell (it’s our first day) that they will pass too fast just because I feel I am in one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. We have a pool outback and a river on one side of the house. We are taking some much needed rest because the life in the Mariapolis, although very beautiful, is tiring.
To give an update of what I have been up to the last 5 months and why I haven’t written it is because life is very bust here and internet access is very limited. I apologize to those I haven’t kept in touch as I should have. I can’t tell you how beautiful, educational, and changing these last month have been. I feel as though no other experience in my life could have taught me what living here has. It doesn’t go to say that being here is completely void of it’s difficulties. You put 9-15 girls in one house it is impossible not to have conflict but it is how we have all learned to accept different opinions, beliefs, and cultures to really come together and live for one thing, and that is to give everything for the other person and completely forget your pride or precomceptions of any situation.
I worked in Linea for 4 months which was an adventure to say the least. I am not the most artistic of people to say the very least but I learned so many things. Like how to use a sewing machine (although I did sew my finger one day), how to make bracelets, and how to use a glue gun for pretty much any mistake you have made (I made quite a few). Now I am working in Arco Iris which is kind of like a hotel and so I cleaning all the time and learning how to clean as well, to the great happiness of my mother. =) I already promised when I get back I’ll have to show off my skills and clean the house one day…maybe. hehe I also took classes up until the beginning of December about history, anthropology, and spirituality which where very interesting. In the beginning I didn’t understand anything which was a little hard to feel apart of the school but now the language is coming much easier.
Well I will try to update more often and I hope that everything is going swimmingly for everyone back home. Missing you all very much and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Stay Excellent everyone!
We have arrived in Mariapolis Lia. A little city next to a little city called O’Higgins. If you haven’t got the hint we are in the middle of no where but it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Not because of the scenery or the buildings. (even though those are really nice.) but because of who wonderful the people live. As soon as I arrived I felt as though I was apart of this great big family and they were just welcoming me home.
I live in Anuncio which is the first casita you see when you enter Mariapolis Lia and I love it! I work in Linea which is were we make the clothes, toys, and really anything that needs a needle and thread. I never in my life thought that I would be working with a sewing machine but I have to admit I really like it.
Thanks for reading! Stay Excellent! =)
Well I leave for the airport in 4 hours and that will be the end of my beautiful stay in Spain. I have been here exactly a month and have had so many enriching and beautiful experiences here. World Youth Day, visiting Madrid, going to the beach, it has all just been so exciting and new. It has not always been easy because of being homesick and settling into a new place but in the end I feel as though I have really grown up even if it has only been a month.
My favorite part (other than World Youth Day) was going to the Mercadora de San Miguel which is a market that has been enclosed in a glass building. I tried my first clam there which tasted like the sea! It was just a wonderful place and I felt I was really in the Spanish culture.
I could not be more grateful to Almu and all of her family for showing me Spain and welcoming me into their family for a whole month. Next summer you have to come to Chicago and Woodstock!
Well I just wanted to check in with everyone and tell you all I am doing well and be praying for me while I travel back across the ocean. Thank you for your love and prayers. Stay excellent everyone!