Juana, Medellín, Colombia shares her experiences with ResiRest: ResiRest is an experience more than anything else. We are local families and you come to visit us from anywhere in the world to experience first-hand our local customs and food. Each ResiRest experience differs from the other. Every time I learn something new and challenge myself to overcome my fear of actually having to speak English with others. And so nice, in December there was a change of roles!
The first time
I perfectly remember my first experience in the role as a local family. I cooked a dish I honestly never had prepared. A dish I saw my mother preparing so many times before, something definitely worth taking the risk! Four guests from the Netherlands arrived. Soon, I was talking English with them and gave them the grand tour of our house; my beloved pets and the astonishing view of our terrace over Medellin from where we observed the mountains and different neighbourhoods.
On the menu that day: ‘pepinos rellenos’ (stuffed cucumbers), spinach soup, plantains and cheese, ‘bocadillo’ (guava jelly) and blackberry juice. Together we prepared ‘pepinos rellenos’ by my mother’s recipe. The experiences not only challenge my cooking skills also my English. With each experience I overcome my shyness and am better able to break down the communicative barrier.
Change of roles!
Last Christmas I was no longer the local family. I was a guest of a local family in Arequipa, Peru. An extraordinary experience in a beautifully magical country, with its wonderful people and landscapes. As soon as I entered Augusto’s house, I was warmly welcomed by the entire family and immediately felt at home. His dad shared his life project. This is crafting beer at home, delicious homemade beer, the family’s cat is a big fan!
Meanwhile his mom prepared Christmas dinner. Baked chicken marinated with salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, orange juice in a saddle of bay leaves, rosemary and oregano, mashed lima beans and salad on the side. During this delicious Christmas dinner, we preformed local Christmas rituals and talked about our cultures. From their terrace we enjoyed the annual Christmas fireworks and a traditional hot chocolate with bread.
A delight with the nicest and friendliest people I met in Peru! Wonderful people, tasteful food, local customs, you will learn a lot. Definitely every experience both as a guest and local family is incredible!