The Adventures of April

We shall not cease from exploration - And the end of all our exploring - Will be to arrive where we started - And know the place for the first time. -- T.S. Eliot

Saturday, August 19, 2006

How do you say "awkard silence" in Spanish?

Hello friends and family!

We arrived safely in Guatemala City yesterday. Our flights went fine - the inflight meal was quite a thrill for Gloria who was very excited the entire way to 1.) see Olegaria (her foster mother) and 2.) swim in the pool at our hotel.

On Friday we basically hung out at La Casa Grande, the hotel my parents stayed at when they came to visit Gloria and then to pick her up. Every family at the hotel is in the process of adopting, so it is quite a sight to see all these people holding their little Guatemalan children, trying to get to know them. For one couple last night it was their first night with their first baby!

Gloria has been making friends. One family is Israeli and lives only miles from the Lebanon border. They came here over a month ago to visit their new child and have stayed ever since the war broke out. Every family here has a very interesting story.

Today was our big day to see Olegaria and her family. Gloria was very excited, and then very nervous, which was probably how we were all feeling. The day went great! Olegaria came with two of her daughters and her daughter-in-law whom had all been close to Gloria (they all live in the same house/apartment). Two of daughters brought their own children whom Gloria had played with.

Within a short while Gloria was playing fine with the other children and later on Andrea (my cousin who is also here) let them in a game of tag and hide-and-go-seek (con tee-tay). We had a translator with us to talk with Olegaria and learn more about Gloria´s childhood and their family. It is difficult to speak through a translator for so long... hence the awkard moments of silence that I began to joke about with Andrea. But everybody was very thankful to be together since so few families keep in touch with the foster families who took care of their children. We have a special situation since Gloria lived with Olegaria for so long (a year and a half, the average is 8 months).

Andrea and I walked around our neighbourhood tonight. It was nice but became apparent that Andrea is much better at being sauve with the hombres latinos than dorky/slightly awkward me. I anticipate there shall be more stories along these lines in this blog... and some deep thoughts on concepts of beauty and hegemony on my part.

Tomorrow we head to Antigua. I´m excitd to see where I will be studying espanol!

Buenos tardes, amigos.


At 11:08 AM, August 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, are you going to post any pictures? I'm dying to see some!!

At 7:56 PM, August 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog... Panders y Abril en Centro America! Fiestahhhah! p.s. Be careful or Andrea will make you salsa all night


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