Last night our study program had a Thanksgiving dinner for us at a nearby restaurant. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (which I did not care for per usual), and best of all, broccoli! It had been far too long since I had savored to iron-rich taste of broccoli. Manuela made it once for us, but it was pureed and just not the same. You’re supposed to eat broccoli like you did when you were a kid. You pretend you’re a giant and that you’re eating an entire tree. The whole night was great. It was the first meal in a while that I was actually able to control how much food I wanted to eat. When you’re at Manuela’s, you finish your plate and you like it. I really need to get on a scale one of these days…


The weather has been pretty good here as of lately. A few weeks ago it was quite brisk, but in the past few days the temperature has been quite mild. But, with my new jacket, I’m ready for any temperature.

Right now I’m sitting in the living room and the house is empty, except for my host family’s pet bird named Pinchy. Apparently, they asked their granddaughter (age 2) to name it, and that was the first thing that came out of her mouth. Fernando is always talking to Pinchy, trying to get him (her?) to sing. Every morning it’s “Heyyy guapa! Pinchy! Canta!” He usually gets Pinchy to sing 50% of the time.

Fernando’s antics have just been funny as of lately. It’s almost the same routine every night. Mateo and I will be in our room with the space heater on full (there’s three possible settings, each one a little warmer) and we’ll hear a light knock on the door. We say “si” and he enters. “Muy buenas!” says Fernando, and he’ll continue with (in Spanish) “Do you still need to use the internet? If so, make sure you turn off the router before going to bed. I’m putting my trust in you!” Apparently every drop of internet costs a lot of money. Then he’ll look to the heater and say “Wow, when I walk in the room the difference in temperature is huge! I think, you would be more comfortable if you turned down the heater from notch 3 to notch 1. It’s still very comfortable” So basically, he’s hinting that we should turn it down so that he’ll be more comfortable when he comes in our room to tell us to use less electricity. Oh Fernando…

Today my mission is to get a big chunk of my homework out of the way so that I’m free until finals week.

Fun fact of the day: Apparently ‘Enrique’ means Henry in Spanish. So, I have been signing my name in some of my previous posts incorrectly. Oh well.

Ciao for now,



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