Just the Tip of the Riceberg
I’d like to share something I’ve learned about communication. Ever since I got the idea in my head to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, my goal has been to become “fluent” and master the language. Although I suppose that goal is not quite as concrete as I had expected or hoped. Communication simply consists of people simply trying to get across ideas or messages to other people, and most of the time that doesn’t even involve words! So I suppose mastering a language and all the inner-workings of the grammar stuff isn’t quite as important as being able to simply communicate the intended idea. I’m sure it’s just a lot more fun to feel comparable comfort in two languages instead of just one. It just fascinates me how people all over the world can use the same sounds and move their mouths in the same way (or at least similar ways) – just in a different order – and come up with a completely unique language that connects the humans within a specific region. Incredible!
For a short update on what has happened to me this week, I’ll hit a few high points. The basketball coach of Universidad Nacional invited me to play with the university team (maybe because he’s good at recognizing incredible natural talent, or maybe it’s just because I’m taller than 95% of the population here… who knows?). Much to my dismay, walking into the gym for practice on Thursday night found me feeling like I stepped into a time machine that took me back to high school freshman basketball tryouts. I feel confident that my middle school team would have given the best players there a good game, but I’m gonna stick with it and see what happens. I also got to meet with Daniel Hercules, the boyfriend of a friend of mine at UE, to have him show me around his university and San Jose on Monday. I “got to” sit through his physical chemistry class, which made me appreciate my chemistry-less curriculum. Before I go, I’d like to share a few of the few things I currently miss about the United States: cold milk that comes in gallon cartons instead of luke-warm liter boxes, popularity and sufficient broadcasting of the Winter Olympics, and the promise of toilet paper in every public bathroom. (That last one could really leave you sitting in a… sti(c/n)ky situation!).