…come to an end eventually! I’m speaking for many of us when I say that this is true for this week. After an amazing six weeks here in San Juan del Obispo, Sunday marks the day we leave our new-found families and homes behind, before heading into our final three weeks.
For me, this has been a memorable last week in San Juan. Alongside the typical afternoon adventures in Antigua, I also had the chance to hang out with kids in an orphanage on Tuesday and visit the neighbouring hot springs on Wednesday. Although I think I can say that I have improved a fair bit in my Spanish, like everyone, I do make many mistakes. Most notably, on Tuesday, when I was hanging out with kids, this one girl and I were joking around and playing tag. I thought I had called her silly, but when I turned around I realized I had made a bit of a mistake. Facing me was the sassiest face I had ever seen on an 11 year old girl, let alone a Guatemalan one. I quickly remembered that “chica tonta” meant something more along the lines of “stupid” than “silly,” like I had intended. Needless to say, despite my best efforts at recovering the situation, I was followed around by a very sassy little girl for the rest of our time there!
Speaking of Spanish, on Thursday we had our final exam and graduation! Unlike many other classes, this is one that I was sad to leave. Where else do you get to learn a language outside at a picnic table with 3 great friends and a hilarious teacher every morning? Our class prepared a song for graduation, similar to the ever-popular “Darte un Beso” that’s always playing on the radios here. After being called back for an encore with many people (including the school director) filming, I think it’s safe to say that it went over well! To finish off, we shared cake and sandwiches with the teachers and the host families that showed up. Overall, it was a great day!
On our last Friday in San Juan we spent the day giving back to the community. Half the group painted in “parque central” while the other half mixed and poured concrete for a wall at the entrance to the town. As I am writing this, it is Saturday morning. Some of the group is reverse bungee jumping, slack-lining and generally getting into shenanigans, while some of us (me included) are staying at home to spend the last bit of time with our host families and finish (or start) packing up!
Overall, time has been flying by, and although there are mixed emotions about going home, I can say for sure that we’re all excited to see what these last few weeks will hold!