My New Home
On December 1st my fellow trainees and I were sworn in as volunteers at the Ambassador's personal residence. The embassy here is the 3rd largest U.S. Embassy in the world. This place is well manicured with the Ambassador's house being a beautiful Mansion. We sat through the ceremony and then we were off to celebrate with the other volunteers at the Guadalajara Grill who nice enough to provide drink specials.
The next day was Counterpart Day. 4 painful hours on the responsibilities of the volunteer and the counterpart (government office, NGO, school) . Afterwards each new volunteer grabs their bags and heads for their new site with their counterpart. After the meeting, my counterpart went on vacation. I was supposed to stay in the hostel until Monday (2 more days) but instead, I had him take my bags with him and I would take the bus alone the next day. And everything went well.
So now I've spent a week in my site speaking nothing but Spanish. I have gotten so used to speaking Spanish, that when I speak English I'll throw in a bit of Spanish accidently. Mom and Dad know what I'm talking about.