It’s been a week since we’ve left Atlanta, and it’s still weird to think that a week is 1/27th of our total travels. There’s still a long way to go! So that’s exciting.
Our past couple of days have been spent meeting more family members and having more amazing food. I’m surprised by every meal here, they’re all so elaborate and so good! Apparently that’s just normal, they like to eat well and so they make sure they always do (I like to eat well too, but usually in Atlanta I have eggs, a sandwich, or cereal). Not only is the food delicious, but there is always so much of it so that everyone who visits can eat as much as they like. The past few nights we’ve spent with various family members that I hadn’t met before, and that I got to speak very slow Spanish and/or English with.
In particular, we’ve spent a lot of time with Lucy’s mother / Camilo’s grandmother, Josefina. She claims not to speak much English (though she always understands me), but she speaks Spanish very slowly. It’s awesome, because I can actually understand and sometimes even respond, which is very motivating. She also knew my father and aunt from a long time ago when they visited Colombia, and so we FaceTime’d with them so she could speak to them again. She looked like you might expect someone to look who was speaking with a family member that they hadn’t seen in decades: like she was so happy she might cry.
It’s been a great week taking part in this culture! We have a few more days here before we’re off to Santiago, but I already hope I get to come back someday to see more of the country and hopefully speak more conversational Spanish.