Sunday, April 17, 2011

South America Day #3

Today was the actual Bogota Boarding School Fair. Our expectations were greatly exceeded when about 200 students and parents arrived. We were told by the organization we're working with that translators would not be needed as most people who would be interested in this would speak English... wrong. Out of the 100 or so people Jen and I met, only about 5-10 spoke some level of English. I ended up speaking in my very limited and broken Spanish to most of the families, and at some point in the conversation, "No hablo espanol bueno" was always stated. Jen laughed that I used a combination of hand motions and Spanish phrases to communicate, which just goes to show the truth in the study that found 90% of communication is non-verbal.

After a three hour fair of listening and attempting to communicate, we were exaughsted. However, we were pleased and suprised by the large turnout, especially since this week is "Holy Week" in Latin America. Tomorrow we're heading to Sao Paulo for a few days and fair number two. Hasta luego!

1 comment:

  1. Love reading your stories! Hope you have a great rest of your trip!