To the left you can see my newest scarf creation. This one is a lot better than the first one, though far from perfect. Feel free to send me your Christmas knitted-gift preferences, but please be aware that I’m currently only certified in scarf and shawl-making.
Because I don’t have many friends here — but I do have a bit of extra time — I’ve decided to start a 12-step program: A new skill every month. This month, I’m learning to knit; next month I’m signing up for oil painting classes, and in May I’ll be learning about the virtues of Meditation and Yoga. I’m currently accepting suggestions for other new-skill activities. (Crocheting? Salsa dancing? Watercolor painting?) I’m mostly looking for activities that require some level of technique, effort and intellectual ability. I also want these activities to be social in nature so that I don’t become a hermit, something I believe I’m at high risk for considering my friend situation. So even if I have to be around people like Sara Linda — who believes her marriage to a Polish Frenchman make her superior to all other Colombians (and humans in general) — I’m OK with that because sometimes you just need to be around people, even if they’re annoying.
In other news, I’ve decided to start waking up a little bit earlier so I’m not rushing to class then rushing to the office and wishing I’d woken up early. Arriving five minutes early has never been known to kill anyone. I’ve also decided to dedicate 30 minutes to cleaning up every morning. 210 minutes of cleaning (3.5 hours) a week may seem excessive to some, but my boyfriend and I are really good at creating a mess. So I’ve decided to take a containment strategy and hope he catches on.
Lastly, I’ve discovered a new place to study/hang out between classes: McDonald’s Mcafe! While McDonald’s may not conjure images of elegance and tranquility in the U.S., anyone who’s visited McDonald’s abroad knows that this long-time American favorite is actually quite nice abroad. At the Mcafe on Parque 93, I can theoretically enjoy an oreo frappaccino along with a maracuya cheesecake and other similar coffee/baked goods. Plus, they have free wireless! So for just $2 U.S., I can enjoy a lovely view of one of Bogota’s nicest parks while sitting in my leather booth and enjoying the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and attractively displayed baked goods.
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