Going Down Under

…My life abroad

11 days and counting December 11, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrea @ 3:34 pm

Hey everyone!  Sorry I didn´t mean to neglect this blog for so long!  I was actually really suprised when I logged in because I wrote this long entry in Montañita and for some reason it didn´t post.  So here I was thinking I had updated!  Anways…

These days are seriously just whirlwind.  Everyone is like: oh gosh.  We leave in less than two weeks; let´s do everything we wanted to do here but never got around to!  So that makes for lots of adventures and busy schedules, not to mention with finals.  Finals week for me is amazing.  I just have one test on the 19th.  But for many of my friends, it´s pretty loco.  I am really enjoying the only semester of my college experience when I can relax during finals week.  Procrastinators like me are usually the ones pulling their hair out this time of year.

We were in Montañita this past week for 4 days.  It was pretty amazing.  Everyone should go to Montañita.  It´s my favorite beach in the entire world.  I´ll tell you why:  it´s not built up and commercialized, yet there´s tons of cute little tiki looking places with amazing food and really sweet design, there´s huge waves, sand dollars all over the beach, the people of the coast of ecuador are so friendly and inviting, and you can make friends with the whole town in under a week.  Well, that´s what we did.  There is actually this guy in Monañita that we remembered from the last time in Montañita… Nadia and I didn´t know his name but we called him the Latino Leprechaun.  He is like 20 something but 3 feet tall and the craziest little person you ever met in your life.  Well this week all of us were like best friends with him… oh my word I wish I could tell you all the funny stories… I am laughing just thinking about it.  Everyone in that town is a caricature of a person.  Like, you are IN a movie when you are there because every person you meet is sooo… exaggerated.  Everyone remembered us from last time, like even this nice lady who has a restaurant across the street from our hostal… when we walked in she was like, oh you´re back!  It´s great to see you!!!  We had many an adventure there to say the least.  Oh and the weather was gorgeous!!!  Sunny and warm.  I am probably the darkest I have ever been in my life.  When I come home and my family is together people will think I´m adopted or something…

Kara and I are planning to hit one more beach this week.  We leave saturday for Atacambes, which is kind of like the ocean city MD of Ecaudor.  It´s really built up, pretty popular.

Um… what else can I tell you…

I have my first dance recital/program thingy yesterday and my second and last today.  It is kind of embarassing doing this abstract dance moves in front of a bunch of USFQ students in a common area on campus, but these are the things that build character, our dance teacher tells us.  when I come home if you want a good laugh just ask me to show you my dance for this class.  But hey if it´s this or a final, I´ll take the dance show!  so much easier!

Oh my word I forgot about the nativity scene.  Okay, so my host mom, the craziest woman I have ever met in my life, has finally decided to decorate the house for Christmas.  I was really looking forward to having my house feel the slightest bit holiday season-ish.  To my horror, rather than breaking out a tree, pretty lights, or anything else within the realm of my imagination, Beatriz has one main decoration for the house:  a nativity scene.  But this is not just ANY nativity scene.  Oh no.  I cannot describe this without a picture.. I will try to post one… but it is probably 2 feet by 3 feet and it´s this plank COVERED in tiny figurines.  You know the kind of figurines you buy at the dollar store that are the definition of tacky.  We´re not just talking the basic nativity with mary, joseph, Jesus, and a few animals.  We are talking hundreds of little animals, shepherds, you name it.  And they don´t go together… they look like they were bought individually.  Maybe it has accumulated over the years.  THEN there are COLORED christmas tree lights lining it that flash like enough to give you a seizure.  I personally have a vendetta against colored lights and when they blink it is just a double whammy.  THEN the worst part of all is the excruciatingly high-pitched non-polyphonic music that is somehow part of it.  They turn on this switch and it is like one of those horrible cell phone rings from when cell phones first came out.  Except the notes are hideously out of tune and instead of playing away in a manger or something nativity-ish, it plays santa claus is coming to town.  William hung version.  I came to the realization yesterday that they leave the music and lights on ALL night.  So we´re eating dinner and this very loud off-key high pitched song is serenading us the whole time.  The nativity scene is right outside my room so needless to say, I have been playing my own christmas music pretty loud to drown it out.  Oh my word.  Sue, who lived with my family two years ago, warned me about this thing and now I know why, hahaha!

I just have to have a sense of humor about these things.  Or else, I would have pulled all my hair out by now.

Well I love you all and will keep you posted on the happenings from here on out.


5 Responses to “11 days and counting”

  1. Diane Boyer Says:

    Hi Andrea,
    I was just reading your blog about your host mom’s Nativity scene. That was HILARIOUS!!! I was laughing so hard. I hope you enjoy your last few days there!!

    Take care,
    Diane Boyer
    Carolyn’s mom

  2. Kara Says:

    I love all of your entries so much and living vicariously through your adventures while I’m sitting here at work. I’m glad you finally updated because I kept checking back like the little stalker that I am.

    If we get a chance to hang out while I’m home for Christmas, I would love to more pictures and hear more stories! Enjoy your last weeks!

  3. Joe Says:

    PROCRASTINATION!! such a bad habit of mine.

  4. Nadia Says:

    oh my gosh… so i rediscovered your blog.
    first of all, i started laughing when i read about mr.latino lephrachaun. omgggg, that kid is too much to handle. hahahaha

    and then i pretty much died reading about that nativity scene… so so funny. i couldn’t stop laughing.

    i love you! and ill see you tomorrow!! yayy!!

  5. Nadia Says:

    oh man. I feel like I’m going to say the same thing as last time but oh well. I rediscovered your blog again and just read this entry (again).

    the nativity scene thing STILL kills me. baahahahahhaha so terrible but SO funny.

    also, you should keep up with this blog now! I miss reading your entries!

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