2011年12月10日

A life in Combia1

It has been alomost almost a month since i came to Colombia.
I am in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, with a host family.
The family is of one of my university friends, and they let me stay there while i am in Colombia for almost two month.
They treat me as one on the family members, and i feel very comfortable in this house.

Since I came to colombia, there have been many thing to write.
Here, I cannot write everything, but I will write a bit about my experience here. by the way, I cannot type Japanese here, but i will try to describe as I can.

Before I came to Colombia, I had heard how dengerous Colombia is. The country is known for drugs and guerriras. colombia is one of the countries which has few japanese residents. That is why, it is difficult to get information about the country.

My impression toward this place is relatively safe as far as being careful.
there are amazingly so many police around the street, and many people in day time.
My host told me that it is safe to go around alone in day time except some poverty area.

In my first week, I was with someone all the time while I was out. Yet, from secound week, I can go out alone and spend time in downtown unitl it gets dark.
So far,I have never seen drug or guerrira here.
my host mom has also never seen the guerriras for her life. Acording to her, the most of guerriras are hiding in some small villages or mountains, and it is very hard to encounter them in the big city.

the biggest reason i am here is to learn Spanish language. I studied Spanish for almost 2 years by my self in Japan, but it is great to be in the native speaking country to learn language.
after I came here, I re-realize how difficult to learn other languages. i think gradully my language skill has been improving, yet there are so many conversations and things I cannot understand because of the language barrier.
I wish I can learn more before I leave here. Here, people talk a lot about very interesting things, yet I feel bad about the fact i cannot fully understand and join the talk.

Generally, colombians are so kind. They are willing to help me and try to undestand me. Like the most of my travels so far, I still have been very lucky for the people i meet in other countries. I feel embressed about it.
Yet, of course, there are many things I am not getting used to.
for example, people are very open to show theier loves to thier family and lovers in this country. When I am in that situation, I feel unconfortable.
Through this stay, I feel ¨home sick toward Asian cultures¨ many times.
It does not have to be Japan but Philippine or Vietnam, yet I feel like I am in the part of Asian cultures. I miss it. As many people say that the travel is a great experience to think about thier origin and home. It is true for me, too. This travel is very successful in term of that.

I have more than a month to stay here. For my study, one month is such a short time. Yet, i keep trying to learN Spanish and experience things I cannot not get outside as much as I can.
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