El 6 de febrero, 2012
The more we hear about culture, the more Chinese and Ecuadorian cultures seem similar.
The concept of (saving) face.
Being all touchy touchy, women grabbing women’s arms to caminar.
Washing your underwear separate from the rest.
Then on the bus to Quito, I had a nice long chat with a woman about society pressure for women, the urge to get married before 30, the stigma of divorce.
How she was told by her relatives that “she needed to marry a man to represent her (because her mother had passed away) and how she wanted to shout that she could represent herself and didn’t need a man.
How she married a divorced man and is not separated but not divorced because a second divorce would ruin his social status.
She also explained how she’s proud of her family because women after her followed her example and studied at university, when at first everyone pointed at her saying she was insane and didn’t need to study but get married instead.
I’m glad that on week 2, my Spanish is strong enough to sustain such conversation, yay!