When Kate and I first decided to do this blog we agreed that we would try to be as open and honest as possible. We wanted to share the full experience of our six month internship here in San Fernando. As you may have guessed from our previous posts life here in San Fernando has been a bit of a struggle lately for both Kate and I. When your day is consumed by ant infestations, worrying whether or not you have toilet paper or if there will even be water to flush the toilet (a very stressful experience when you are battling diarrhea), heat exhaustion, mosquito bites (and the constant fear that maybe this time you have dengue), constant reminders of how quickly your predecessor learned Ilocano (and the feeling of inadequacy that goes along with it), and the stresses of life back in Canada (looming student loan payments, fights with boyfriend/friends, etc...) it can all be a bit much to handle.
So more as a reminder to myself (and Kate). I took some time to reflect on somethings I really enjoy about life here (some positive scanning for once if you will). So here's my quick list of things I am thankful for:
|1. Simple Reminders: Inspiration from our City Tour during our first week in San Fernando. How easy it is to forget sometimes.|
|5. Sunsets: The sunsets here have been pretty incredible. Despite, the dengue risk, capturing the amazing sunsets from the beach in front of our apartment is well worth it (that is if we make it home before 6pm to see it!)|
|7. Laundry Lines: Nothing makes me happier seeing clean laundry blowing in the breeze.|
|8. Friendly Co-workers: As much as they drive us crazy somedays, I think we would both be lost without the company of these two.|