In the afternoon one of the other Maryknoll Lay Missioners Eileen took me downtown to an ATM and then to her favorite money exchange place so I could get money to pay this month's room and board to my host mother. We also walked around downtown and of course got ICE CREAM!!! I not surprisingly chose mocha and it was delicious--not quite as good as mocha macchiato from babcock, but still very good.
Both of my excrusions today involved taking public transportation, which I'm still trying to fully understand. Here's what I got so far:
"Micro" = a small bus. It has a fixed route, but no fixed stops. You can hail it just like a cab (if you're on its route of course) and when you want to get off, all you have to do is tell the driver to pull over and he (only saw male drivers) will let you off.
"trufi" = a mini-van. Usually can sit about 8 people REALLY squeezed in! It also has a fixed route and no fixed stops and acts the same of a micro, only smaller.
"trufi taxi" = basically a shared cab. Fixed route, no fixed stops, fits even less people than the two previous, you get the drill.
"taxi" = means the same as it does in the states.
After getting home frorm my time with Eileen, I was once again suckered into playing with my host mother's grandneice Valeria (age 6). Talk about energy! In order to tire her out, I made up an obstacle course in the front yard and timed her over and over and over again... (per her request of course!!) :) I also worked hard during our "play time" by sitting on a chair shaded from the sun, drinking copious amounts of water, and yelling encouraging comments. Below are pictures of our play area and the LARGEST aloe plant I have ever seen. It is gigantic.
Tomorrow I will try my best to locate some of the places Eileen and I walked to today all by myself. If any of you know the type of sense of direction I inherited from my mother, you will understand that any sort of success in this mission will be nothing short of a miracle. I also have plans to buy a cell phone and maybe visit the house of one of the other Lay Missioners. More reports to come :) Love to you all!