being abroad

The first couple weeks of my work as an Americorps member in Sunset Park consisted mostly of sitting through orientation meetings, scheming ways to get free food, and running random errands in the neighborhood.

Even doing so little for such a short time, I was already confronted with the necessity of learning Spanish. But, if my experience of Mandarin is anything to reason from, the most practical way to learn a foreign language is to go abroad. Which is not something I necessarily want to do.

So I was complaining about this to family support counselor extraordinaire Edmundo, who said, quite simply, “You *are* abroad.”

The mind-blowing or at least semi-profundity of that remark should be self-evident. Can’t continue, must run to student leadership meeting in which me and other hippie type Adult Ed teacher provoke students to take action about depressing issues that affect them, like US immigration policy, global warming, etc. Oh, fun.

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