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.