Hope everyone’s week has been alright! Would you like to guess what today’s topic is? No one? Any guesses at all? It’s all about the fam ya’lllllll!
I’m not sure how many of you know but I’m living with a host family and might I say, they are just amazing! So we are a family of five (now that I live with them): there’s Julio, Karla, and my two sisters Ram and Ramsi. Now, this is the host family BUT wait, there’s more! I would like to give a shout out to the other siblings that belong to our family, but they live in another part of the neighborhood! Camille and Kwin used to live with the family before I was here, but still come around and are a part of the big fam!
Thanks to these beautiful people and their kindness, I feel more comfortable and loved while still getting used to the life and culture here. Karla, Ram, and Ramsi have been teaching me safety, slang, food, frescos (juice), and how to have a great movie night every now and then. Thanks to Julio, every meal I learn something new about the culture, the people, the history, or even a random fact that he heard that day. Camille and Kwin also have a lot to offer, in that they have experienced what I’m going through right now. They are great at letting me rant or giving me advice on how to make it easier adapting to everything. They really are a big help because of their support as fellow gringos.
Not only does the family offer everything I mentioned above, but they go above and beyond in making sure I’m involved as part of the family. We have had some pretty amazing adventures already! We made it to the Chocoyero, which is a natural reserve good for hiking and observing. Speaking of the Chocoyero….funny thing…my bestie Napo is actually from there! The Chocoyero has it’s name because of the parakeets that live there, also known as Chocoyos! Napoleon is another member of the family, found outside, Mama Karla took him in and now he just kind of wanders around and steals my almonds (I may just give them out but…that’s not the point). We’ve also been to the Somoto Canyon, where we swam/hiked down the river. It was so
amazing! We had to jump off of steep rocks and climb through some currents. I ended up being the first to fall, but no worries, it was just due to being clumsy….nothing special about it. Did I mention that we celebrated Ram’s birthday while at the Canyon? She turned eighteen!!!! My little sis is all grown up!
So what was the point of this post? Here it is!
Along with some other people, this family has come to take me in and give me so many experiences already. They have become my family here and have made it easier being away from mine. It isn’t easy to leave your family and be so far away. They have helped me in so many ways with love and support, if anyone asked me, they are a part of my family and always will be.
Just like any host family situation, there can be trying times but at the end of the day this is my familia! So a big shout out to all of them for, in a way, taking care of me and dealing with my Spanish.