This morning we woke up and got ready for school, for the first time in years.
We arrived promptly at 8:00 am for our first day of Spanish school. Classes usually run Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Being that we arrived late Sunday night we were unable to start on Monday – meaning that to make up for the lost time, we start classes one hour earlier.
The teachers waste no time, and English is pretty much dropped at the front door – with the exception of explaining a concept or word. We had a few laughs with mispronunciations and incorrect verb tenses. My teacher, Carmel, has me refer to my Dad – Padre or Papa in Spanish – as Pedro. Pedro is the Spanish pronunciation for Peter. A few times instead of saying “Mi padre” it came out “Mi Pedro” and Carmel thought this was hilarious. Jill and Ashley have no Spanish alternates so there were no mistakes there!
Pawel’s experience went a bit differently as he has studied Spanish in the past. When he sat down and started conversing with his teacher, Delicia, he quickly realize how much Spanish he already knew. This is really handy now that we are required to communicate solely in Spanish for the remainder of our trip. And I have the added bonus of a senior study buddy!
After school we marched back to the market to grab some food before heading across town to Los Patojos. Today we started by organizing a game of kickball with about 20 children. This is challenging enough to accomplish without a language barrier. Fortunately for us the kids love to repeat their words. They really want us to understand them, where as some adults would sooner give up. The game went off without a hitch and after a few innings and some friendly competition we gathered up a small group of boys and girls and walked over to the new garden project.
We spent the next hour digging, shoveling and collecting materials to build a decorative chair for one of the gardens. The back of the chair is made from bamboo poles that stick up from the ground whereas the seat uses a series of wine bottles that are stacked and set in cement. At the end of the day, one of the organizers asked us if we would be interested in creating a stop motion project with a small group of five kids. And of course we jumped at the opportunity. The plan now is to brainstorm a fun, interactive and doable stop motion video project that we have the next three days to work on. This is right up our alley and we are very excited to get started tomorrow.
Pawel has been struggling with a wee cough for the passed few days. On Sunday we picked up some cough syrup at the market and it does not seem to be helping with his symptoms. Tonight we nearly fell over laughing when we realized why it likely was not working. Check out the image below and let us know what is wrong with this picture. And at that hasty mañana amigos.