Oye, what can I say?
It’s just past the two month mark. And I feel like there’s something to be said about being halfway through this whole thing. Some sort of middle point, some sort of center. I feel like all of us are feeling it, whatever it is.
But that also undermines the permanency of it all. The other day, my friend wrote and said, “I’m jealous of your permanent head change!” And it’s true, I can feel Santiago and this whole experience etching itself inside me; I am going to carry it with me for the rest of my life.
I got homesick for the first time last Saturday. I miss familiar things. My friends, my family, my city. I miss being understood, and understanding, really. When it all comes down to it, we are human. But there are those moments when you are at a loss for words, and you just want someone who knows.
I have made a lot of friends here, people that I hope to know for the rest of my life. For those inside of the program, it’s quite a bonding experience, being here together. And for those outside, the friendships are so on fire because there is so little time, and I am on emotional high.
Well, I have mostly been shooting with my film camera, and those won’t be developed until I get back, but here are some random photos that encompass a substantial spectrum of my experience here thus far.