Every day I come across something unexpected. Sometimes it is because I don´t understand everything that is said to me in Spanish or sign language but usually it is simply because I am unfamiliar with the normalicies of day-to-day life in Santa Cruz.
My first morning in Santa Cruz while I was staying in a hotel I was surprised to find that EVERYTHING was closed. Restaurants, stores, banks. I was penniless, hungry, and bored. I found out the next day that it was the Corpus Christi holiday.
The first time I used my host family´s computer I was greeted by my 11 year old host brother who pulled up a chair, sat down, and stared intently at everything I did.
At the destination on my first taxi ride to work I was annoyed to find that the driver over-charged me by 3 Bolivianos. (About 42 cents). I surprised myself when I argued for the correct price, called him a jerk, and slammed the door.
Today I saw the wild side of Julia Jimenez, the Catholic school, when the wonderful sounds of Michael Jackson´s Thriller was pumped through the courtyard. Even better--seeing a class of 12 year old students in perfect Thriller monster coordination.
Next Monday I start teaching an optional English course for students at ASOCRUZ during their winter break. This weekend I will be shopping for supplies and planning my classes. I´m nervous about teaching since I´ve never done it before but I´m thinking about bringing Oreos to win over the students.
Most importantly this weekend, I´ll be sleeping in with no alarm!