But before I get to that, I should share some news. I have completed an online interview about my experience as an expat living in Santiago. If you are interested in reading it or connecting with other expats in other parts of the world, I recommend checking out the site. (For those that are not technologically inclined, click on the underlined text to go directly to my interview or the expats blog website.)
Beyond, that, not much is happening. Luckily there haven´t been any epic rainstorms since the last one I posted about, and there hasn´t been anything particularly interesting happening here lately. I figure not every post can be filled with adventure, but I also figure it´s important to document and consider the daily occurrences too.
So here are some of the things that have happened:
Eclass had a celebration for reaching a goal of 150,000 students. It was a lunch celebration complete with churrasco sandwiches, mini desserts, and six cakes. The line to get food was long, but it was worth the wait. Unfortunately I had to go to class before they started cutting the cake, but it was still a nice event seeing that they included everyone in the celebration.
|The churrasco chef|
|Some of the pastries that were my dessert|
|My unexpected second lunch|
Another thing that happened was meeting up for a friend for a drink. I usually am content to go home right after work (even if I finish early), but things worked out for us to meet up. We went to a bar near metro Colon, and it had a really interesting ambiance:
My friend was one of the others that came here with TeachingChile, and her and I were both thrown into really difficult situations that we worked through together. Even though we don´t get to see each other often, it´s always nice catching up with her and sharing what´s happening in our lives.
The last thing that happened was yesterday morning. When I looked out my window in the morning this is what I saw:
To give you an idea, this is what I can usually see from my window:
I was worried that there was some huge smog event, and I had to go out that morning. So I did my best to prepare myself:
Luckily when I asked the doorman about it, he told me that it was only fog due to 99% humidity. Sure enough, the air was fine to breathe.
With nothing exciting happening I find myself getting bored. So I typically spend my weekends lesson planning and blogging, and they look something like this:
|Sorry for the glare. If you can´t tell, that´s a cup of tea and|
a slice of chocolate mousse cake in front of my teaching stuff.
But the boredom isn´t all that bad. I do have something to look forward to. I will be home in Jersey for a visit from the 4th of July to the 19th (I didn´t write about this before, didn´t I?), and I find myself looking forward to the visit and counting down the days. This will be my first summer in the States since I came to Chile, so that´s going back to July of 2009. I´m looking forward to catching up with family and friends, going to the beach, eating the food I miss, shopping, and the general feeling of familiarity and security that comes with home.
At the same time, I know that I will have my students here in Chile on my mind, as another teacher will be teaching their classes in my absence. There´s also the tradeoff of losing money whenever you don´t teach as a freelance teacher, but I´m trying not to think about that too much. (You typically don´t have paid vacation or time off as a freelance teacher in Chile).
That´s all for now. Happy Father´s Day to all the dads out there and I hope you´re enjoying your weekend!