Como estas? Todo bien? Ojalá que respondes, claro que si.
Yo sé que el mundo ha estado un poco loco pues en realidad muy loco. Casi he sido un ano completo desde este "detour" empecía y parece que no tendrá un fin. Pero, le digo - no pierde el fe!
Me tengo que decir esto todo el tiempo. Yo sé que no es fácil en el momento pero creo que cosas mejorara.
Y asi - vamos a repasar las cosas positivas:
1. Mi español ha mejorado - por fin! Este proceso me ha llevado mas larga que quería. Pensaba que viviendo en un país con los hablantes de el idioma de español, lo hablaría más rápido pero no es el caso. De hecho, mas que antes de tengo que hacer mi misma practica el idioma. Es muy fácil ir a mis casa después de un largo día de trabajo y no hacer nada. Sin embargo, la noticia buena es que estoy continuar con mi practica dell idioma y poco a poco mejorando!
2. Hice semi-finalist a Fulbright! Y ahora, voy a hablar en ingles.
Now English :D
Okay so I wrote all of that in Spanish with no translation so anyone with knowledge of Spanish grammar please don't read as your eyes will probably bleed. Anyways, this year has been crazy has it not? Anddd it has almost been a year of this however let's keep the faith! At least that is what I tell myself almost daily. I've given up trying to make sense of it all. At this point all we have is Hope and Hope is all we need.
So two bright things - because more than ever, we (meaning I) must look for the shiny and marvelous things in life.
1. My Spanish is actually improving. Not as much as I would have liked (especially since this is year three) but if I were to compare my first year here to now, I would definitely notice a difference - so I mustn't complain.
2. I applied for Fulbright AGAIN. Call me crazy but I really believe in the mission of Fulbright and it aligns with my future career goals. Maybe I'm not making this fact clear enough on my application or maybe I just keep choosing really competitive countries but at least this round I can say that I made: SEMI-FINALIST. Which I am (and will always be) completely ecstatic about, however, rumor has it, that they were also accepting more applicants this year due to people being deferred or their program being cut short due to last years craziness. So, I made it all the way to the semi-finalist round and was then promptly rejected, cut-off, presumed not to be good enough - or honestly who knows what actual criteria they were looking for because it's such a vague application with such a shifting and (non) transparent process. Nevertheless, still absolutely thrilled to have made it to the semi-finalist round.
3.Some other random tidbits - I had to do some serious praying for me to get my TIE (which is my legal residency card) in order to be able to go home for Christmas. I could I have used a regreso but it was such a 50/50 chance with it plus I got stuck in Germany for almost a week when returning home because of #filomena but that is a completely different story. I started the process to get my residency card in JULY of 2020 and received it two days before I left for home in DECEMBER 2020. Just to give some perspective on how crazy and disorganized the process has become. In other #career news, I'm up to my limit of years that I can work within the central governments edu. system so I'm also actively searching for other options (i.e. jobs, fellowships, etc.) - that too is a completely different topic that can lead down a rabbit hole.
So in conclusion 2021 life updates:
-My Spanish is improving
-At least I made it to the semi-finalist round of Fulbright
-I was able to go home for three wonderful weeks and see all my fur babies (( despite not knowing if I would actually have my residency card in time for my flight :O ))
-I am standing in complete faith in God that by this time next year, I will have a marvelous update on my life.
This is like a random capsule of my life journeys starting from my love Costa Rica and ending who knows whereeee.......
Hasta la próxima vez