Cristóbal is finally a homeowner!
Let me start with a disclaimer: I truly love and appreciate my host family and all the things they did for me while I was living in their home. Now having said that, it’s impossible for me to clearly articulate to you exactly how much more awesome having my own space has made my life.
We finally finished the house a little over a month ago, three months behind schedule and $200 over budget. A truly Panamanian project indeed. Before I had moved out of my host family’s house my host mom had expressed concerns about my ability to cook for myself. I did not calm her worries by becoming violently ill the first time I tried cooking beef. After my blowouts became casual conversation amongst my community members, my host mom told me that I could and should eat any meal I wanted I their house. They also told me that I would never have to buy any rice or plantains for the rest of my service, que bueno! Poco a poco my cooking has improved and the blowouts have ceased, I’m happy to report.
The best thing about having a home to my own is being able to try whatever little projects I feel like. A few weeks back I finished an earthen oven and just a few days ago I baked my first loaf of bread. Now when people pasear to my house instead of asking when I’m going to find a women to cook and clean for me, they ask when I’m going to start selling my bread and then when I’m going to find a women.