Speaking Spinese

I’m still catching up on these blogs. Don’t judge me.

So last week has come and gone, so this post is going to be a quick overview it featuring the highlights. Vamos, chicos.

As you know, I hang out in Valpo all day and don’t get home until late. So, the other day I walked in the house around 11pm and I was pretty tired. When I get tired, my Spanish is absolute garbage. My mind goes back to default settings, which is English. 

I walked in and the whole family was sitting in the living room, which was weird because it was late and typically no one hangs out in there. They were just casually discussing the meaning of life. No joke. I laughed because there was absolutely no way my Spanish was going to be up to par to contribute to that conversation at 11pm. So, I was antisocial and went right to my room. I only emerged to eat…

Anyway, last week I got to teach a Chinese workshop at the institute. I only had one student, but hey, that’s better than zero. I was prepared to teach the workshop in English or in Spanish depending on the English level of my students. My one and only student had a very low English level, so I ended up teaching her Chinese in Spanish. Yup, Spinese. She, my one student, loved it and I felt pretty accomplished because I flipped between Chinese and Spanish pretty well. We’ll see if more people come next time. 

Last week was also my gringa sister Emily’s last week. Her family actually traveled to Chile to pick her up and then they’re going to go to Machu Picchu in Peru together. 

With me being in Valpo all day, I figured I wouldn’t be there to see her off, so I stayed up with her while she packed her stuff until 2 in the morning. She’s been here for 6 months, so she was pretty ready to go home. At two in the morning, I gave her a hug and said goodbye just in case I wasn’t there for the official goodbye.

However, I ran into her and her family two days later on Cerro Alegre. 

During my long time gap, that’s typically where I go to explore. That day I was looking for gifts for my family when she spotted me from down the street.

So, I got to hang out with her and her family for the rest of the day. We went to lunch and then got ice cream while admiring street art along the way. At this point, I know my way through Cerro Alegre, so I gave them a lot of recommendations and took them to a good restaurant that me and some friends had found a couple weeks before.

Her family loved the restaurant and really just loved everything about Valpo and Chile. They were calling it “the lazy river” because no one gets up very early here and in general the city is pretty chill. I think that’s a pretty accurate description. I’m just glad I get to stay in this “lazy river” for a bit longer.

-Robyn

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