Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Just some stuff from Nicaragua

This week I have been working with Javier and really winding down everything at work as I prepare for my final meeting with Roger on Monday. I am enjoying this part as I am getting feedback on my work and getting to learn a lot more right now. Just so everyone knows, I am definitely feeling the possibility of living in Central America or South America after I graduate from college so that I can continue learning Spanish. I know that idea might take some getting used to for some people, so I just wanted to throw it out there. Of course, those of you who know me well at all also know that my plan could change 2000 kabillion times between now and thenJ

Anyway, Amanda and I have had a relaxing week thus far as I have shown her more local cuisine, work friends, and the city of Granada. She says it is really similar to Antigua, Guatemala, which makes me feel like I’ve seen more of Central America than I really have…silly as that may be! Last night when we were there I wanted to buy some Nica candy to bring home (especially cajete de leche which is ricisimo!) and Amanda and I ended up stumbling upon a little place called “El Miel” which was in a cute little old lady’s home. She had so many different candies of all kinds that she had made herself and being a good little old lady, she let us taste a ton of themJ We had so much fun visiting with her…and tasting the candy of course! I just LOVE culture like that and nice, sweet people like that.

I have had a couple of particularly fun Spanish/Spanglish moments this week that I need to share. First of all, everyone knows I am about to leave so Project “Teach the Gringa Spanish” is in a tizzy at work! Every day when I go to the bathroom, I end up having a mini Spanish class there with a new friend. So yesterday when I walked into the bathroom I saw one of my friends I don’t know very well and asked her a question. She responded in Spanish (normal)…only she was brushing her teeth (not normal)…let’s just say that I do good to understand Spanish on its own, but when it is mixed with a mouthful of toothpaste and spit…not happening! Luckily she realized that and delivered my Spanish lesson sin toothpaste. lol Also, there was something I was having a hard time logically thinking through at work and so at the top of a document I was reviewing with Javier I had written “oy ve!”. Javier saw that and laughed…I laughed too because I thought he was laughing at my Spanish…wrong. He said, “What is that?” I said, “What do you mean what is that? It is Spanish for “oh my”, right?” He laughed so hard and said he had never heard of that phrase in his whole life….oh my, I am so scarred by my life at the border, Taco Bell, and the Spanglish speaking Latinos in Southern AZ. I mean that in a completely politically correct way!

I wanted to share 2 memory verses I am working on right now, both on learning them and learning to live them…
Proverbs 14:22
…But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

Ephesians 4:2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 comment:

Mom/Mimi/Helen said...

oy ve! I can only imagine your red face at that point! Daddy said that you might look that phrase up in Yiddish:)
I can't believe that you have become so comfortable with traveling in Nicaragua. I can't wait to hear more of your stories and to have you here to describe all the pictures.
(Now you notice that I am completely ignoring the possibility of living abroad) I might be one of those people who would take a lot of getting used to the idea!
Both of your memory verses are great and apply so well to your situation---well actually to all of us:)
I love you!