I forgot to post about yesterday, oops!
Anyway, I got up and went with Albino and Sandy to Doriana's "olympiadas". In the U.S. it would be like a field day! Her school was split up into four teams, and each team had two weeks to prepare a dance and perform it in front of the school and the parents. It was really fun to watch her dance and to see how the cultures differ. I have never seen parents cheer louder than I did yesterday!
I got home and did quite a bit of cleaning, mostly our room and our bathroom. No one was home to eat with and there wasn't much food to eat, so I made some rice. I spent a lot of time studying too.
At our weekly Tuesday night meeting, we talked about how people weren't eating in the house, and how that's the whole point of Casa Del Maestro. It was a good talk, which led to a really good day today!
We woke up early as usual, and after some bread and oatmeal for breakfast, Delia, Elli, and I went down to the market. It was a fun little roommate bonding time! We walked the whole way there, which is a good 30 minutes. We loaded up on food, which I am grateful for! No more plain rice for lunch anymore! We took a taxi home because there was no way that all of our food was going to fit nicely on the bus with us.
After unloading everything, we began to make lunch (it was only 10 am). Lunch here is a big deal, there's no light sandwich or salads here. We cooked up carrots, green beans, onion, garlic, eggs, and fried potatoes into one mix, then had rice and noodles in another. For lunch it was Delia, Elli, Edison, Emanuel, and I. We ended up watching a movie (Ali Baba) in Spanish while we ate.
This brought us up to 2 o'clock. Sandy and I had planned on going to visit Corason today at 2:30! There's a certain bus that I have to take, the M4C. That'll take me to the bottom of the mountain, a 30 minute ride on a good day. Then it's about another 20 minute walk up the mountain to reach it. The views there are beautiful! I didn't get any pictures of the view, but I will next week.
The majority of the students who come to this after school program are poor, but man are they the sweetest, friendliest, and energetic kids I've ever met. I wasn't even half way up the mountain when a couple of the students came running down, grabbed my hands and said, "Hermana, quieres jugar con nosotros?" (Sister, do you want to play with us?). Before going to play, I got a tour of the beautiful mountain, which the founders own ALL of. They own a mountain!
I went back alone. The program ends at 6, and the sun sets at 5:30. This makes for an interesting trip home. The bus is PACKED at this time, it's rush hour. I definitely got closed in the door at least once. Also, pickpockets are out and about at this time, so I've got to be really sure that I know where all of my things are.
I got home and had leftover lunch food for dinner! I really need to do some laundry, but I think I'll work on tomorrow when it's warmer, that way my clothes will dry faster.
I'm off to do some studying now, more pictures will follow soon!