The Families of Others - Kabobs and Arepas The other great thing about being in the homestay is being about to meat the families of others in the program. One evening Nathanial's family (another in the program) invited everybody over for a barbeque. There were kabobs that we could assemble with meat, fruits, cheese, etc. and we all stood around a barbeque turning our kabobs and adding a tortilla every once in awhile. Amidst conversation one could hear cheesy latin pop music in the background and the hopes of some wanting a dance party. I tried grilling a fresh mango and it was AMAZING cause all the juices got compacted, mmm. Nathanial's family was so wonderful too. They talked about how important it was to have students and others come to their home. Also, each day when I take the bus I'm able to talk with his tico dad who is an amazing person. Another adventure I had at another tica residence was this past week. A group of us went to Rebecca's homestay. She lives with a family who owns a wood crafts shop. The father makes all his woodwork (bowls and cups mainly) from scrap wood and sells it at the shop. So, we did shopping, got a tour of his shop and explored their garden. They have over 40 different types of orchids and the father pulled out his machete to chop down sugar cane and cut it up for us to eat. Yumm. Cori & Shaaron I thought of our times in Ecuador with this wonderful treat. After exploring the garden we went inside and Becca's mom taught us how to make Arepas, which are like pancakes with more flour and sugar. It was so fun. We all rolled out our Arepas and ate them with cream cheese. Then Becca's mom talked about how neat she thought it was that we came to her house. Then she started talking about a pregnant lady, I think, that is when I lost her.