And there is only a cat named Dulce to blame. She’s not mine, but I’m not sure that I can resist. I was going to hold fast to being a vol­un­teer with­out a pet, but what am I sup­posed to do? I’ve got all this space and it would be pret­ty great to have a cat to share it with. Luck­i­ly the non-prof­it where I teach Eng­lish to teens on Wednes­days shipped their lat­est batch of kit­tens off to live out­side the city last week. So, I did­n’t come home with one today.

There might be some draw­backs to get­ting a pet as a Peace Corps vol­un­teer; how­ev­er, being native Span­ish speak­ers, local cats are per­fect house­mates for prac­tic­ing Span­ish. They are very non-judge­men­tal, only tak­ing the occa­sion­al swipe  when you make a mistake.