Need A Good Laugh?
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I initially planned to write once a week, but I have been encouraged to add journal entries more frequently. This entry is inspired by a quote from my best friend's mother. She wrote to me, "With so much rich exposure, education, and energy, you can move mountains. Keep your sensitivity and humor near the surface." I first read these kind words during a stressful morning at work. During lunch, I read them once more, this time in a peaceful setting, and I realized the one thing that has been missing from my blog entries thus far: humor!
It is a well-known fact that awkward moments and international traveling go hand-in-hand.
Surprisingly the majority of my awkward moments thus far have been with animals. For those of you who do not know, I am absolutely petrified of mice. My home stay has two cats so I figured I did not have much to worry about. I was wrong. On Saturday morning, I walked into my closet to grab my running shoes to find that there was a mouse inside of one. I screamed, surprisingly in Spanish, "UN RATON" and ran down the hall. My home stay mom immediately brought the cats in to solve the problem. One cat curled up and went to sleep while the other, merely a kitten, decided to claw through my belongings. I was standing on my bed (to avoid contact with the killer mouse, of course) when I saw the kitten running out of my door and into the Grandfather's room across the hall... with a pair of my underwear clenched in her teeth. Needless to say, I was mortified. In the end, my home stay mother captured the mouse and brought it outside. I not only learned never to rely on cats, but also to be able to laugh at myself in the most unexpected of situations.
As embarrassing as these experiences seem, the trip just would not be the same without them. It is these funny moments that have given me the opportunity to bond with people at work and in my home stay. After all, laughter supersedes any and all language barriers.