|My babies and me doing some super fun English learning.|
So let's see. That weekend and the following week (Saturday July 2 through Thursday July 7) was pretty chill. I made some new friends in the guest lounge, worked in reception, and taught my class at Barrio Activo. Oh - so it was actually really busy, okay. But yeah. Something pretty cool that happened is that I met Juan Carlos, un salvadoreño who had gotten out of three months of internment at migración about three days before I met him. We talked for like a while that night, I don't even know about what. What El Salvador is like, and trying to explain about my Spanish host family, and doing a bunch of English clarification, looking at a map of the world, explaining about how I live at Haverford and my fam lives in State College, why he left El Salvador... tons of things. Pretty cool. Still felt like I should keep him at an arm's length, but it was a cool night. We ended up talking a lot over the next few days, and he's become, yeah, a pretty good friend over the last couple of weeks. I find myself wanting to hear all of his stories. He comes from a pretty different place, with a pretty different set of experiences. I find myself pretty distracted from the rest of life at the Casa, mostly just wanting to hang out with him, learn about his life and his country, practice Spanish, and walk around the citay. So yeah. Pretty cool new connection. I've also become friends with his friends who are here (they were all in migración together), and we've all shared food and cooked together and it's been pretty awesome.
|Best margaritas in the world.|
|La cierre de actividades.|
|Chatting with some niñas on top of the Sun.|
|Mom and the Moon.|
Okay, so, my mom kicks ass. That much is clear. What else have I been doing with my time? Well, I worked kind of a lot this week, receptioning and breakfasting and things. It was coooool. I'm really trying to hang out with Lydia more, because she is also ridiculously awesome. She and Linet and i have had a couple of great outings that seem to always end in ice cream. What else? I mean, there's been some drams at the Casa lately. Last week was chock full of some weird harassment from one of the refugees, an incredibly obnoxious guest who was eating everyone's food, and the ongoing conversation about what we should do about harassment in the Casa in general. I mean, it's kind of exciting to me in the know about all this business, also pretty exhausting and kind of draining after a while.
|On the way to fancy breakfast with mah ladeez.|
|Anthro museum with the Vanilla Gorilla.|
|Just chillin at Frida's house.|
So, we gathered up more of a group (added Sasha and the Vanilla Gorilla to the mix) and headed out to the Alameda to search for sandals, take in the view from the Sears café across the street from Bellas Artes, and generally enjoy the Saturday evening madness that happens there. Back to the Casa one more time for everyone to change and get ready, then a bunch of us went out to a pretty awesome bar that is a favorite among the Casa team. Pretty much an awesome night with all kinds of friends and delicious cervezas. Today's been pretty relejada - finally slept for the always-desired ten hours, made some lunch with my centroamericano friends, and attended a chat with some ex-guerilleras exploring how to process and express the role they played in Mexico's history. My goal now is to commit to some solid me-time (I have yet to write those postcards I've had in my drawer for the last six weeks), get a bunch of sleep tonight, and be rested and present for the first day of Barrio's curso de verano tomorrow. I also promise you all more insightful, relfective, and interesting entries to come. Like I said, I've become crazy busy with Casa stuff, and also pretty distracted from my previous commitments by super fun new social things. That's left little to no time for myself - something I'm really bad a prioritizing. But I have plans to get better at it, and I've made a date with the blogosphere for tomorrow at 9 pm, so we'll see how that goes. For now, just thought I owed you all a much-delayed update on the general activities that have been keeping me away form you all. I super hope everyone's summers are going well, and I sent you lots of love and light across the miles.