spotlight on anacaro!
That's a hard one for me. What comes to my mind right now would be "human" as in human being, but a more character descriptive word might be joyful.
We lived in Kunshan, Jiangsu province which is to the west of Shanghai. It is a town... by Chinese standards that means about 1 million people. We loved it there, well I did and DH liked it. We hope to go back to China in the future, but we'll see. We went because we wanted to be of service in a place where it was not DH nor my birth place and the doors just opened up in China for us to go, so we went. My whole family is in Ecuador and DH really loves it there and he is close to most of my family so this is a constant point of consultation, especially with my parents who would love to have us closer to them. We never thought we'll end up in New York city and don't really know how long we'll be here.
I only have a sister who is 2 1/2 years younger than me. We get along really well, but it is a bit of a challenge to be as close as we used to because of the distance.
DS is quite excited about the new baby. He tells me an average of 8 times a week "Baby is coming out and need to nurse" and I say not yet. He talks and says prayers to the baby and sometimes sings as well. Since the time I had very bad nausea and morning sickness he's been having sympathy pains - "ohh mama, belly hurts, I need to throw up" and then when he realized that babies come out via the vagina (he's been looking at the pregnancy book I have), he tells us that the baby is coming out of his vagina. He insists and even demonstrates a squatting or all-fours position. lol even after we've repeated many many times that he has a penis and not a vagina....
Well, the Spanish language first (unfortunately I do not speak Quechua which is the other official language). I do not know how it will work out, but with DS I only speak in Spanish and DH speaks to him in English and Spanish sometimes (he is from South Carolina) and it has worked well so far. Other traditions/customs would be the cooking. Half of my family is from the coast and half is from the highlands, so there are some very traditional foods such as llapingachos con fritada, humitas, viche, seviche, bollo, corviche, caldo de patas, guatita, ahh so many it makes me hungry J. The music– Andean music, the pan flute – it’s very soulful to me. I just heard this guys playing on the metro station a week ago and I started to cry – ay the pregnancy hormones. The dancing. The festivals: carnival, the day of the dead, how new year’s is celebrated, the inti-raymi (equinox) among other. The culture around family that we have in latin America. Above all DH and I find that aside from all the cultural aspects of Ecuadorian and American culture the kids might be exposed to and/or decide to take on we hope to convey to them their identity as world citizens, human beings, souls.
I lived in a small town near Lucerne. It was for a year only when I was 18 as an exchange student and am really thankful about it.