Sí, Yo Entiendo
To whom it may concern, It is true that my grasp of your language is still rudimentary. My fluency has far outstripped my grasp of grammar and the range of my vocabulary, lending my ability to communicate an extremely bizarre but enthusiastic style. I know this. But please, Sir or Madam, do not for a moment mistake my infantile sentence structures and awkward pronunciations as an indication of my...
Whatcha you gonna to write about today? What do you think people will want to read? I’m not sure. I guess I could tell people what I´ve done so far today. Umm, I made myself breakfast. I listened to some podcasts and knit a new hat. Umm, then I tried to make another dent in War and Peace, and made it through a few more chapters. Let’s see, then I prepped for my classes, made a new...
Memorias de 17 Pueblos en 24 Años
1. Bronx, New York (~4 years) - Cement, and a solitary swing outside our apartment complex. A boy named Aaron is mad at me because I can’t cut in straight lines. Curled up on a mat on the floor at daycare pretending to be asleep. The lady who ran the daycare will murder me if she finds me awake. Another woman (Lorraine?) with two older children take care of me while my parents are at school....
Ivonne and I are walking to the street to catch a bus north. My bag is ready. Towel, sarong, classwork, camera, War and Peace, wallet, copy of my passport. My favorite red and orange bikini is peeking out from under a slouchy white tank. Ivonne is in her usual cool surfer girl look. She is carrying a beautiful new surfboard which, while it is actully very small, is dwarfing her tiny 4’...
Un Nuevo Trabajo
Hello Señora I’m so excited about working for the University, I’ve been looking for a job like this since I’ve been here. Thank you, I hope so too. You want me to meet you on Friday to pickup the materials? Of course, I can do that. At 11? Wonderful, see you then… Hello, I have an appointment. Yes right now. What do you mean she’s not here? I have to teach a class on...
Consejo Para el Extranjero en Ecuador - Parte 2
Part 2: Shopping Speak some Spanish Six months ago (has it really been that long!) I came here with one pair of well worn jeans, and promptly ripped them across the back from the crotch, just shy of my left cheek. Being shameless I continued to wear them for about a month and over that month the tear made a slow migration across the back of my thigh until I was forced to either throw them away,...