I am amazed by how much I feel at home here in Atacapi. The week I spent in Quito was fun but I missed my family so much. I was wondering how they were doing and wanted to know how the baby was because my parents said that the other children had spent months in the hospital. I loved my time in Quito but there is nothing like coming home to your family.
After the long bus ride I walked in the door and my whole family was there to greet me. It was great to see them. The kids just wanted to play. I was so tired but could not help myself, so we played for about an hour until dinner. They just kept yelling “¡Tía venga!” (‘Aunt come here!’) I was glad to be able to play with them.
Dinner was great. It was plátano, which I missed while in Quito, and chicken and rice. My family asked what I had eaten in Quito and I tried to tell them rice. Unfortunately I could not say arroz. I just was not able to speak Spanish after four days of only English. We laughed for about 5 minutes at my mistake. Looking back it was pretty funny because arroz is such a simple word. After this wonderful dinner I went straight to bed and slept like a log.
There is nothing like coming home after a trip. I was so glad to eat a home cooked meal, and sleep in my bed. I missed my family so much and the greeting they gave me when I came home was wonderful. I have a home here in Atacapi and it is wonderful.