Things I Wouldn’t Have Learned This Year Without a Gap Year

-How to make homemade bread
-How to give medicine to a dog
-How to cook without recipes
-How to repair a broken oven
-How to efficiently cut vegetables in order to feed 70 people
-How to navigate foreign pubic transportation
-Basic Nepali and Swahili
-How to sail
-How to use a pickaxe
-How to deal with wilderness medicine emergencies
-Kenyan, Nepalese, and Argentinean cooking!
-How to crochet, especially elf hats
-To get into a routine of flossing daily
-How to belay, and to rock climb putting the caribiners and rope in as you go
-How the Mayan calendar and horoscope works
-How to turn on a generator and use an electric saw
-What to do when there’s a house fire
-How to deal with all sorts of difficult people: old ladies, strong women, Darios, etc…
-How to make homemade oils and creams
-Engineering electrical and water connections
-How to be effective with a hammer
-How to longboard
-How to speak “Castellano” instead of “Español”
-Never to pay a cab driver with a big bill
-Where the gesture of flipping someone off comes from
-The history of many of my family’s quirky traits… game playing, cat obsession, thirst for adventure…
-How to make homemade butter
-How to make homemade dulce de leche (funny how so many of these have to do with food!)
-The crazy Patagonian history of my family, which I am still discovering (I’m visiting my grandmother right now). I’m still faced with the task of combining it all into a book!

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One Response to Things I Wouldn’t Have Learned This Year Without a Gap Year

  1. Jessica says:

    “To get into a routine of flossing daily”

    I’m so proud of you!! Heh heh

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