Home in Hawthorne, will always be home; however, now being "home", I've discovered that Guayaquil has become a home to me too! And I've decided that it's very nice to have 2 very nice homes.
Since visiting home #1 in snowy north Jersey in February, I've heard the "oh it's been such a horrible winter; you must be hating this cold" comment many times. On the contrary! I am LOVING the cold and I am not at all jealous of my friends on the Equator, living in a state of constant sweatiness. I'm thoroughly enjoying my month home, visiting friends, enjoying family, and thinking and preparing for 2011 in home #2. I think, by God's grace, I have been spared the tough, emotional US cultural shock and I'm stationed in observation mode.
Things I remembered I forgot:
- I haven't eaten rice yet.
- Toilet paper goes in the toilet (feels like a sin, but oh so great)
- Restaurants are expensive!! (except for last night, when Nick's chicken wasn't fully cooked and they gave us ALL our meals for FREE)
- on that note, customer service!! You can buy things even if you don't have exact change: "Do you have $1?" "no, sorry, only a $20" "oh no problem". In Ecuador, the conversation goes more like, "do you have $1?" "no, I have $10" "We don't have change. You can't buy this."
- Phone conversations last longer than 1 minute because everyone has "saldo" (minutes)
- I can't run across the highway to my friends' houses, but I can get in a car!
- I just uploaded those pictures in under a minute!
- Buying things on sale and with coupons, makes shopping a treasure hunt
- And speaking of treasure hunts... Thrift stores!