Riobamba . . . here I am!
I arrived on Sunday afternoon and have S-L-O-W-L-Y started to settle into my new life for the next 10 months. I begin teaching on Monday, November 5, so I have quite awhile until the first day of classes. That makes things difficult right now because I have a lot of open time, along with so much “newness”. . . host family, city, friends, and school. Basically, most of the things that encompass my life these days. And I wonder why things are hard right now.
You: “So what are you learning during this time?”
Me: “Oh thanks, I never thought you’d ask.” 🙂
(This might sound familiar because it was one of the areas I worked on when I was trying find a home for my dog before I left for Ecuador.)
On Monday morning (a little more than 12 hours after arriving in Riobamba), I felt very unsettled. Everything was new . . . which for me, was uneasy and not very fun. I didn’t know where I was and I didn’t know who I was living with at that moment. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I knew much of anything right then. Then Tuesday rolled around, and life was slightly better. I knew everything a little bit more than the prior day. Wednesday came and I started to feel slightly settled. Yes, settled. I had some routine and was developing a few comforts during the day. For example, the family has lunch at 1:00pm every afternoon. And, while it felt like it had been a while that I had been unsettled in Riobamba . . . it has only been three days. Patience, right?
As I look back on my month in Quito, I remember that it took me about two weeks to begin to feel settled and somewhat comfortable with my surroundings. Again, I have only been in Riobamba for three days. Therefore, my hope and prayer is that I remember to be patient and to trust that I will settle in during the coming days. It might take about two weeks like in Quito, it might take less . . . but it might take more. Eek. So . . . I will be patient and keep learning along the way.