Eso es alcanzar lo más alto,
lo que tal vez nos dará el Cielo:
no admiraciones ni victorias
sino sencillamente ser admitidos
como parte de una Realidad innegable,
como las piedras y los árboles.
Jorge Luis Borges
This is the best that can happen,
What heaven perhaps will grant us:
Not to be wondered at or required
But simply to be let in
As part of an undeniable Reality,
Like stones of the road, like trees.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Ups and downs of language immersion
The other thing is that I have days where I can have interesting conversations in Spanish (for example friday evening with a guatemalteco who's a friend of mine here) for hours at a time, and then it's like my brain is completely used up and I can't remember how to say, "good morning" at the breakfast table the next day.
Other little things also get on my nerves. Like when another gringo who has lived in central america for 5 years says something in Spanish that is obviously more fluent than mine and everyone here is so impressed with how intelligent this person is, I feel like beating their heads together. But I think that might go against the MCC mission of peace. So instead I smile and meekly agree.
On the other hand, I feel completely free of malaria or whatever it was that left me a feverish mess for four weeks. I know I lost a lot of motivation during that time but that's another story. I'm trying to think of a nice uplifting wrap up to this post but I can't really. Just waiting and looking forward to the next bunch of changes that will be happening in about 2 weeks.