I have learned and experienced so much. I am not a big reader. I have read a single book this summer (in addition to a couple small books in my Bible) and I feel like I am a literate beast. For those of you like me, who are not inclined to do any reading deemed unnecessary but still want to be informed about the lives of awesome people, I will do a recap in list form.
I have learned:
- that a proper greeting is a single left cheek touching air kiss. If you want to know what happens when you leave out the "air" detail, just ask Jason.
- various vocabulary words that may or may not be useful in the future.
- that here in Ecuador, saying "chao" is always better than "adios," as the latter implies eternal separation.
- a precious Spanish rhyme including the name of a local drug store.
- to wear clashing clothes in front of people (even people I have only met once, such as our study abroad buddies) and be a whole, complete person. This is a big step for a little person like me.
- that the creepiest garbage trucks in the world cruise through Guayaquil on a nightly basis.
- that caterpillars don't lay eggs. Shout out to CJ for that bit of what should have been obvious wisdom.
I have experienced:
- sharing the Gospel in Spanish.
- a museum tour so lengthy that it has since caused me to dream of museums twice.
- staring at iguanas like the people here stare at us.
- serving a family by moving dirt.
- time on university campuses.
- drinking more flavors of juice than I can count when it is past midnight.
- the touching moving vehicles game. I currently have two points. It's natural to be impressed.
- some new foods, like plantain and bacon balls.
- making new friends and making a new family.
- team bonding, doing life together, and what some may deem as "excessive" laughing.
- being stretched out of my comfort zone, which I previously thought was quite large.
- lots of sweat and lots of walking.
- training and encouragement in the Word.
- communication triumphs as well as struggles.
There you go. The spark notes version of week 1 of Summer Project here in Guayaquil.
Looking forward to the next four weeks here,