After a wonderful lunch of seco de chivo (lamb stew) with Erin and Osha, I decided to head back to Lumbisí to chill out the rest of the afternoon. I was like, “man, this is the first free Friday afternoon I’ve had in a while! I can get an early start on my homework, read some Pride and Prejudice, do a quality quiet time, rest, review the Spanish subjunctive, etc.” I was actually pretty excited to spend my day in solitude (I’m normally pretty extroverted, but I think being here in Ecuador and constantly having to interact in Spanish has sucked all of the extroversion out of me). Anyway, it’s about 10:30pm now and I didn’t get to do anything on that list…
Basically what happened was… my family! They’re great! They’re wonderful! I love them! I don’t want to leave them! So here’s what I did with them today:
- As soon as I got home, my mom offered me freshly squeezed cantaloupe juice, to which I could not refuse. She proceeded to ask me a bagillion questions about my day (including “how are your friends?” and “what do they say?”) and we chatted for a bit.
- My brother Josue came home from school soon afterward and asked me to help him with English homework, which was writing a 5-minute oral presentation about his daily routine. I was the English consulting expert of course, but also made him take out ridiculous things in his draft such as “I help my sister with Spanish homework every night.”
- Right after I finished helping Josue, my little cousin David came over and wanted to play. Now, I don’t play favorites with my relatives, but David is definitely the cutest and most fun one. We played volleyball (with soft bouncy kids’ ball) for a while until we were both pooped out. Here’s a kinda blurry picture of when I played with him last time:
- David, Genesis (my little sister), and I went inside the house to cool off, but Josue was making fruit salad, so we all did too! We chopped up fruits, mixed them together, poured some peach yogurt on top, and ate up all that deliciousness. Josue and I started chatting about our favorite desserts and an apparently really good buffet in downtown Quito.
- Soon after this, my mom asked if I wanted to go on a walk to their greenhouse/garden and I was like, “YESSS!!!” So it was my mom, my dad, Josue, Niebla (my dog), and I who went. Little did I know that this short trip would turn into a fresh fruit farm tour! When we got to the greenhouse/garden, my brother started harvesting some ripe “guava” for me to try. I say “guava” because it’s not the kind of guava we have in the States (here, our guava is called “guayaba”). It’s like a giant peapod with seeds that are wrapped in a fluffy white stale-cotton-candy-textured mass. It was sweet and tasty. The whole family stood around the guava tree eating guava (and spitting out the seeds) together. It was such a beautiful moment. I thought we were going home right after this, but they wanted to pick some avocados from their uncle’s greenhouse/garden, so we headed over there. On the way, we ran into my mom’s friend and his two sons, who were in 2nd and 4th grade. They were so cute in their footfall uniforms and even spoke some English with me!
- When we finally got to my uncle’s greenhouse/garden, my breath was taken away. It was more like an orchard because there were SO MANY FRUIT TREES, legit. As my family showed me around, they also gave me a bunch of fruit to try- mora (blackberry), tangerines, and some type of really tart and juicy giant cherry-like fruit that has no English name. Afterward, we went avocado picking! Josue climbed up the avocado tree and just started throwing a bunch of avocados down. He actually hit me once on accident (I got pelted in the neck by a flying avocado), but the next time he threw at me (this time on purpose), I caught it! We also harvested some corn for dinner. At this point, I was a little sad that I didn’t bring my camera…
- On our way back home, Josue peaced out with Niebla to take a shortcut home, but I continued to leisurely stroll with my parents. We ran into Emily at the fish fry restaurant, where my mom got the idea to just buy some for dinner. When we got home, I helped my mom shuck and dekernel corn so my dad could cook them for dinner. Soon, dinner was ready. It was gloooooooorious! Fried fish, rice, pan-fried yuca, pan-fried corn, tomato and onion salad, spicy ají, and herbal tea. It was so delicious; probably my second favorite meal in Ecuador thus far. Here’s a picture of it:
- After dinner, I washed the dishes (I had to insist, like INSIST insist) and went upstairs. Genesis and a little neighbor girl named Domenica (so cute by the way) were watching some Spanish cartoons, so I decided to join them (I gotta learn and improve my Spanish somehow, right?). We switched to watching “Rosaita Fresita,” which is basically Spanish dubbed Strawberry Shortcake. It was hilariously entertaining! Finally, Domenica had to go home and Genesis had to go to sleep, so Josue and I decided to watch a movie. We started watching “You’re Next” on Netflix, but we both were really sleepy (not that the movie was bad, we both just had really exhausting weeks at school) so we called it quits. And now I’m here writing on my blog like a cool kid (lol not really), which was not on my original list of things to do…
And I don’t know how much I can actually get done tomorrow because we’re going to “Mitad del Mundo” tomorrow. It’s basically a very touristy landmark of what’s geographically the “middle of the earth,” or on the line of the northern and southern hemispheres. I heard from people though, that this is a fake one because current GPS technology says it’s a little off. Luckily, I went to the real one a few weeks ago, which is lesser known and has a lot less tourists. Nonetheless, I’m excited for tomorrow! I can get some sun and some fun and some stuff done and etc. HOLLA.