Now that I’ve been living in Venezuela for 13 weeks, I feel that it is apt that I post my first blog entry ever, and that I make you a list of thirteen things that I’ve learned to love so far here in Venezuela:
- Latin music–it’s seriously so catchy and I have to have the students explain what it is about to me, but I still jam out to it in the car and at the cornerstore and really wherever I am
- Bananas fresh off of the tree
- How friendly the people are—everyone I’ve met that speaks English is super excited to practice their English with me
- Arepas con huevos – Arepas with eggs—it’s like a breakfast sandwich, only without the cheese and bacon and the making-you-feel-like-you’re-going-to-get-heart-disease
- It’s always perfect swimming weather
- The free-for-all situation that is driving—who cares about those blinkers and traffic lights and one-way streets? Not us.
- All of the rewards and challenges that come with learning to speak a new language—such as learning that “Tienes huevos?” means both “Do you have eggs?” AND “Do you have balls?” Who knew?
- Nobody celebrates anything better than Latin America celebrates everything.
9. Tequeños – like mozzarella sticks but with better breading – eaten at all times of day and for all kinds of reasons here
10. Chinoto – think of it as Sprite, but even better
11. The way that it feels like winning the lottery when you find a luxury item—“Holy shit I could have toast with JAM? And I could have MOTT’S APPLE JUICE? BEST DAY EVERRRR!!!!”
12. The fact that everyone I meet is so excited that I’m learning to speak Spanish, even if they’ve just met me. “You Spanish good! Sound very good!”
13. The laid-back vibe of the people in general—who cares if you’re an hour late? Who cares if you have to be at the supermarket for three and a half hours? Who cares if the fifth store you’ve gone to doesn’t have what you’re looking for—there’s at least five more to try to search at.