The Karate Kids

Every week I have been teaching the kids at the foundation basic karate. At first they just punched each other. Then they would listen for 10 minutes or so, lose interest and start punching each other. But last Tuesday we made it through a full lesson and I couldn't be more proud. Below is the kids best pose. (We are still working on taking pictures) 

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Game Day

When the Colombian National team plays the entire country stops to watch. Cheers and gasps can be heard all around as the streets are empty. It is eerie and powerful at the same time. No matter economic status, age, color, everyone is watching the game. It is amazing how certain things unite people. 

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feliz cumpleaños

Week 2 has been insurmountably better than week 1, and for this I am grateful.  

The kids at the foundation are beginning to listen, and show more respect. They get less overwhelming  everyday. Spanish no longer just sounds mean when spoken in my direction, but comprehendible. The host family I am living with are some of the kindest and most generous people I have met. The amenities just took a little getting used to. To put on cherry on top of a much improved week.  I witnessed one of the top 10 sweetested things I have had the pleasure of seeing. A girl at the foundation named Urine turned 13 this week. Below are pictures because words don't do it justice. 

 

 

 

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We have only just begun

Right away I began to sweat. The line to get through customs was welcoming, but long and without air-conditioning. The people who had gotten off of the plane with me, were either tourists or locals. Which meant that they were either terribly impatient or ready to start drinking. (probably both) It took about a hour to reach the man who would stamp my passport. I greeted him with a smile, and some rough spanish. Just like that I was in.  Oswaldo, the father of my host family was there to pick me up. We hopped in a cab and were off to my new home for the next three months. 

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