Friday, June 19, 2009

The Fantastic Unexpected

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!

4 comments:

  1. Hope you have a great weekend sounds like you are having fun -- so brave. The Girls have asked about you several times, and want the latest updates so keep em coming.

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  2. i'll be sleeping in your bed with no alarm!

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  3. Bring the Oreos. Its always nice to win, but its just a little funner when you know for sure you are going to win by cheating.

    Lean a little, cheat a little, have a little fun.

    Nothing gets hands going up with answers like candy.

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  4. And stay away from the boys

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