-when I received messages from family and friends back in the states
-when I received a free pint at Bogotá Beer Company (Colombia's biggest-deal microbrewery)
-when despite total havoc over dinner plans (a 40-minute stress-fest of trying (and failing) to get a taxi, the restaurant where we had planned to meet ignoring my dinner reservation and wanting to charge each of us $30.000,00 to enter the restaurant, and at least a half-hour of searching for another place that could seat us all) 12 friends joined me to eat mexican-style fast food followed by elaborate ice cream sundaes at my favorite Colombian restaurant chain, Crepes & Waffles.
-when my students sang to me in my classes and when my friends sang to me (in three languages) at dinner.
Friday was a holiday, so I finally had time to go grocery shopping. I filled my backpack with staple foods and spent about $20. Still need to get some fruit and veggies, but I have all of my dairy products and dry goods.
A few of my fellow Fulbrighters and I decided to take a walk in the National Park, where we saw a wide variety of lovable dogs. Then we spent more than an hour walking about 20 blocks because of all of the foot traffic on the main roads. This was one of my bigger city-stress moments.
I managed to eat a peaceful (and tasty, and vegetarian!) dinner at a hostel-restaurant in the city's historic center.
More on the weekend later- I'm planning to visit an extensive and very famous fruit and vegetable market this afternoon!