I stayed home sick today, so I had some time to sit and think while I sat on the couch. Here are some random things I thought about today that I want to remember for later.
1. I love that we live in the city now. It’s actually quieter here because in Ciudad Vieja we lived on a main street and here we don’t. It’s really nice to be able to walk somewhere if we need it. We’ve found so many more things that we like now that we can make short trips through Antigua instead of having to ride the bus in and out every day.
2. Going along with that, we have met so many more people now that we live in the city. We met some really nice people last Sunday and I found a girl’s blog online and she had a lot of suggestions for cool places to go, so I contacted her and we’re going to hang out a little bit. She’s in town to learn Spanish until February, so maybe we’ll have another new friend. Yay!
3. My birthday is soon. We’re going to Costa Rica. I’m super excited.
4. Speaking of birthdays, our landlord bakes cakes for a living out of her house. She is currently baking some in an oven outside of her house. They smell wonderful.
5. Speaking of things that smell wonderful, we made chili today. We both kept adding chili powder and cayenne pepper without realizing the other was adding it… it was spicy. And if Loren and I think it’s spicy, that’s saying something.
6. Speaking of nothing at all, I really wish my school had a teacher’s lounge. The only people I know are in the pre-primary building, and I don’t even know all of those teachers. I know Marta and Milly who teach Spanish to the prepa kids (the same ones I work with), and I know Ana and Ana Lynn who are good friends with Hania, but that’s about it. It would be nice to meet other people.
7. I also wish we could stay at school longer or come earlier to set up, but teachers are supposed to come at 7:45am (school starts at 8 ) and leave at 2pm when school is done. I am also with the kids all day since there is no lunch period. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we have no specials, so we go straight through with them. And on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we have one special, which is 40 minutes long. I’m not complaining, but it’s crazy.
8. Loren might have something to do! One of the teachers at my school asked me if Loren would be willing to tutor her son. It would just be one hour a week, but it would be something! We’re going to go talk to her tomorrow, so wish him luck!
9. We also talked about looking into Spanish schools for Loren. There’s some that we found that have a lot of free activities and tours. One even has soccer games between students and staff, so maybe he won’t get bored. He says he hasn’t been bored, but I know by April he will be if he has nothing to do.
10. My parents are coming to visit! In one month my parents will be here for my dad’s spring break. I’m really excited for them to come!
So that’s it. I will be back to school tomorrow. This is the fastest a sore throat has ever gone away. It started at around 1pm yesterday and it was gone by about 3pm today. Plus the chili helped clear my sinuses out pretty good.
Oh, one last thing. In Guatemala, the only mustard we can find comes in a bag. We had hamburgers the other day and we bought some. Needless to say it was very messy. I hope the mustard in a bag trend never catches on in the US.