Tuesday, August 7
Hey guys! It’s been an interesting past 2 days. Basically the long and short of it is that I’m sick in three different ways right now… that’s what I call a triple whammy. It’s pretty depressing but the time at home has really been cool because I’ve been able to spend more time with God. My devotional times have been a lot stronger lately and I have been getting into the word a lot more – probably because I don’t have so many distractions in my house like the tv, internet, or even a cell phone that can call home! Funny how that works! Yesterday I went to school and felt pretty miserable because I could feel a bad cold coming on. We had salsa lessons yesterday, though, after school and that was a lot of fun. It was comforting to realize that I’m pretty decent at it compared to many of the students. I think it helped that Allison, another Messiah student, gave me lessons one night last semester. It’s so different than swing dancing or any other kind really. We do it with partners which is laughable considering there’s about 30 girls in the class and only about 5 guys (including our brazilian teacher who has long curly fro-ish hair and wears tight white pants and platform sneakers). It’s a lot of fun and we will be having these lessons twice a week for the next few weeks. We’re already getting into turns and stuff. I’m glad I was well enough to go to that yesterday, but last night my cold was getting a lot worse. When I got up this morning, I knew I should probably stay home, but I really wanted to be there today. We were going to go on a field trip to the best museum in Quito this afternoon right after class, and tonight I was going to go out with a bunch of my girlfriends to celebrate Arelis’ birthday. So I figured if I wanted to do those things I should go. Bad idea. We had a guy come in to talk to us about environmental issues in Ecuador, and while he was talking I felt horrible. When it came time to split up into our separate classes I started to cry a bit because I wanted to just go home and sleep and it is so frustrating to be sick in a strange place. I knew I couldn’t stay but I was really scared to ride the bus home by myself. Kara and I always do it together, but it is an hour-long commute with a few bus switches and it’s very confusing to know which side of the street to be on, look for the stop and make sure to get off at the right place, keep your bag from being stolen, get on the right bus, etc. Plus after we get off our last bus we have to walk about 20 minutes to get to our street. So after the first bus I just got a taxi and paid the money to get a ride to my door. I slept literally all day. Beatriz and Rodrigo have been so kind and sweet. They have given me a ton of sweet home remedies and I am feeling a little bit better. Even the maids are so caring and wonderful, always asking how I am and if they can help. They really do treat me like family. I am very blessed to have this family. I’m pretty sad I won’t be able to go out with everyone tonight, but I figure I’ll use the time to write my Australia essays, which I’ve been needing to do for a while now. Please keep me in your prayers that my stomach problems and head cold will go away soon. Better to be sick now than next weekend for our trip to the Amazon, right? I’m trying to look on the bright side!