We have been in Caracas now for 3 whole days that have felt like 3 whole weeks.
After a rather smooth arrival and night/day of travel, we arrived at our apartment in Caracas, Venezuela this past Sunday.
Excited. Tired. Curious.
These past few days have been packed FULL of new teacher orientation activities, and touring/walking the city through the multitude of Panaderías (bakeries), Manicerías (nut-aries), Ferreterías (Hardware stores), Farmacerías (Pharmacies)… Basically all of the “-ías” that line each busy street.
Caracas is definitely a “concrete jungle” and is bigger than any city I’ve been in before. Even at 6:00 a.m., the streets and sidewalks are full of people bustling to and fro.
It’s hard to encapsulate all we have seen, heard, and smelled within the past 72 hours, but, Brandon and I are enjoying this transition, including all of the joys and disappoints/frustrations that come with relearning and readjusting your view of “home”.
The first bit of free time we had, we spent unpacking and doing our best to personalize our apartment, and here are just a couple of pictures of our new place:
Today, I had my first major taste of cultural transition as the new female teachers had to visit the “Female Doctor” for our medical certificate to teach. Woohoo!
We left our apartment at 6:30 a.m. to get to the clinic bright and early to sign our names in, as it functions as a “first come, first serve”. We arrived at 6:50 a.m. and we were already number 10, standing behind a long line of those waiting to be seen.
While in the States, you would expect to wait at the most a couple of hours, we were told to change those expectations, and, boy, were they quickly adjusted.
A grand total of 11.5 hours later (no exaggeration), we were all finally leaving the clinic.
Shifting what was the “normal” before to what is “normal” now is what will take time to transition to. And with that, we are learning what living with open hearts and hands looks like in the big and small ways.
I am so thankful for Brandon, our cute apartment (which will be getting equipped with MOSQUITO-FREE screens within the next couple of days- Praise the Lord), the school we’re working for and the WONDERFUL, wonderful staff and teachers who are so encouraging, helpful, supportive, and welcoming.
Brandon will be piping in later this week to give another update as tomorrow we are grocery shopping for the first time here!