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Christmas time is here!

Hi everyone out there,

I’m very happy to tell that I feel much better already. I’ve got used to the new situation and feel alright. Of course there’s homesickness coming up sometimes but all together I’m happy.

This week there finally happened things and I came out of the house quite a lot.

In the afternoon I often do something with my host sister, if she’s not too busy with home work. That is really nice.

On thursday I even rode the bus on my own the first time. Believe me, it’s not as casual as it sounds. It actually was quite an adventure for me đŸ™‚ I’m sure I will do this often from now on, because if I want to come to the centro with the taxi, it costs me 2.50$. Then I prefer to pay 30 cents for the bus and sit more uncomfortable.

I’ve been in the centro so often this week. Nearly every day. It is very lively there, you can buy a lot of stuff and most of all, you need to watch over your own things very good. Portoviejo is a rather dangerous city, so never ever let your bag out of your eyes!

On friday I got bit by a dog at school. It was following us around all day and we played with it and petted it until he all of a sudden got really agressive and attacked me. It wasn’t too bad, and I’m vaccumated against rabies and tetanus, but the lady from the nursing station at school told me I had to get an injection. So then we went to buy that.
I was very surprised to see how they do that here. You go to a pharmacy, there you buy the injection, it cost 5.50$ (yes you can buy anything without a doctor receipt here), then you go to a “red cross” station. There a woman put the injection in my butt for 2$. The day after it still hurt when walking đŸ˜‰ . At least my hand is fine now, my butt too and I’m gonna be more careful with dogs I don’t know.

On saturday I went to an old people’s home with my host sister. There we stayed for 2 hours and talked with the old people and made some handmade art. It was a bit boring for me, because I didn’t understand anything they said. Sadly my spanish isn’t good enough yet to understand quiet mulmling old people. But still it was nice to see these people that have gone through a lot, smile towards us.

And today I made “Mailänderli” (swiss christmas cookies) with my host sister. That was really nice, even though a bit complicated because kitchens here are equipped very differently. Everyone in the family liked the cookies, so that is great.

a part of the final result

a part of the final result

My host sister making cookies

My host sister making cookies

Cookies in progress

Cookies in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To me it’s a bit difficult, now that christmas time is here. Christmas is a family celebration and I miss our christmas preparation at home. Here everything is full with blink lights, glitter and plastic. I think it’s too much, but the people here appearently like to decorate their houses with 1000 blink lights. Our house isn’t too bad, but when we drive through the city I often think like “Who would even put stuff like that on their house?”. But the taste is just different here and I accept that.

Our living room with the plastic tree

Our living room with the plastic tree

The fact that it’s 30 degrees every day with a lot of sun, doesn’t make it easier to imagine that christmas is right around the corner.

As you might hear, there’s finally happening a bit more in my life here and I feel good.

 

 

 

 

 

Un fuerte abrazo,

Annette