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Oct. 13th, 2009

Well, I haven't been up to much lately, just teaching at the school. The teacher I work with the most was out sick last week, so I was making up the lesson as I went along. The first graders are incredibly active. No one is ever seated at the same time, and it's tricky to work with their short attention span during lessons. The third graders have caught on that I at least speak some Spanish because I was sometimes in the room with a teacher that didn't speak any English. Tricky little devils. I really love my third graders, though. I spend most of the day with them, and I think I'm slowly earning their respect (if not their silence!).

This past weekend I spent some time in one of the huge and beautiful parks here, El Retiro, and stayed out until 7:30. We had yesterday off for Columbus Day, which is also the Saint's Day for the town where I teach. For them, the day is less about the discovery of the America's than about Spanish pride and achievement.

I ran out of cereal, so it was imperative that I restock my groceries yesterday (I'm a cereal addict). In regards to cereal in Spain, they don't have the kind of variety I've become accustomed to (i.e., they have Honey Nut Cheerios, but not the regular kind), but they do have every kind of Special K imaginable. In their favor, they make it better. Red berries actually includes more than one kind of red berry, and in fact is a scrumptious combination of dried cherries, raspberries, and strawberries. On my way to the store, I was amused to realize that the woman sitting next to me on the metro was fanning herself vigorously while reading a Scottish Highlander harlequin romance. Apparently the sexual appeal of the kilt is universal.


Oct. 20th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
easy-access ain't just for the fairer sex


Yay!  Hug the trees!
that's Pharaoh Bob to you.

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