This has been my second week in Santa Cruz and I’m beginning to find my way around. Tuesday was a holiday called ‘Asunción de la Virgen’. That meant that just about everything, including my school was closed. From Wednesday on, the school has changed my timetable. That means that my classes now start at 12:00 and finish at 15:30 with a 30 min break in the middle. So my new routine is to get up around 08:00, have breakfast at home, go to the gym at 09:15, start my work out at 09:45, walk towards school around 11:00, have lunch at a place across the street from school, go to school until 15:30, on my way home from school, stop to have a second lunch and when I arrive home, get some stuff and go to the beach. Not bad right?
Today there was no room for the beach as my second field trip took place after class. We have visited the ‘Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre’. I’m sure you can figure out what that means;) In all honestly, I’m not quite the frequent museum visitor. I usually find museums pretty boring so the quality of the experience depends very much on the company I’m in. I know, I’m a savage:p But I’m fine with that. This museum was no exception so after an hour I started to wonder away from the group and I found the main attraction: The Mummies! As always I took a couple of selfies, but as I were not sure how appropriate it would be to do a funny face with Mummies in the background, I decided to go with the picture on top;)
I will end this story with a more philosophical note. Coming here I knew that there were going to be moments when I wished that I were home with my friends and family. Nothing new there I thought, having been away from home a lot in the past 15 years. Turns out that ‘being away’ feels quite a bit different when there is NO end in sight. It’s also different when you are away because you were send. It’s very clear in that case, you are away because you have to be, there’s no choice there. That’s the difference with my current situation, I have chosen to be here, to be away from those I care for, and I can tell you this, it sucks to not be around for the good or the bad. Of course I knew this already, I have never really felt it like this before though.