Academic journal article Human Ecology

Vengan Aca

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Vengan Aca

Article excerpt

It's a rainy day in the barrio, one of the first real rains since we arrived two weeks ago. Not the kind that trickles down stingily but one that floods the streets, drenching everything.

The sound of pouring rain fades into the background as Annie and I walk into our apartment. Our host-mom, Dona Carmen, all smiles, welcomes me with her usual, "Mi hija ?como te fue?" and a warm hug and kiss. I answer "muy bien."

Our host-dad, Don Ciprian, pops his head out of the kitchen and says "Vengan aca," beckoning us with an excited expression on his face. Curious and completely unaware of what awaits, we make our way. He declares, "Tonight you will make 'croquetas' for dinner. I will barely touch the food."

He says this while standing next to a plate of what looks like three big burritos that have already been prepared. Considering my past failures in the kitchen, I am excited to start fresh. I immediately turn to my Spanish translator, looking to confirm that croquetas actually do mean croquettes and that our host-dad isn't kidding. …

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