So. This trip has been long awaited and I am quite excited to FINALLY be here! It took a replacement passport and way (and I do mean way) more money than anticipated... but those details aside Katie and I are roommates in Colombia! Kim and Katie picked me up from the airport. It was rainy and took some time to find each other, but Katie and I were the two gringas screaming and hugging out of relief and joy as everyone else tried getting to their taxi´s. Our room is adorable. Two beds with sea creature bedspreads and a bathroom that seems to be too big for a two person room... but I´ll gladly take it! PS mom, you were very correct. The location of our site looks and feels EXACTLY like downtown LA. I did get sent to the right place right? Just kidding. I got pretty much no settle in time as today was the yearly fundraiser so I had to jump in with my people skills, in Spanish mind you, and help people with raffle tickets. Don´t worry, Katie and I got plenty of time to enjoy the cheese, croissants, and hot coco snack. (Dear Colombia, carbs + cheese + chocolate, someone finally got the concept of a fantastic meal perfectly!) I danced in front of 200 people today at the fundraiser with the MC of the event. I have not been here 24 hours and publically sort of humiliated myself. :) Katie and I went to get a cerveza at a Ruma club early this evening with some of the other 20ish year olds. Very fun. We then came back and had dinner with the hermanas (sisters) which was hilarious.
So far I am understanding a lot more than I thought I would which feels really good. The sentences that come out of my mouth on the other hand.... not so good. You win some you lose some.
I´m stoked to see what the next month has in store. Katie´s been telling me a lot and I feel I have so much to learn about the country and the people we´re going to be working with. Wish us luck!
ps Katie and I are currently planning a trip to Cartagena to enjoy the Carribean for our last week here. Yeah, I know you´re jelous!