Before leaving for Germany, two of my schools took a fieldtrip to the Casa de las ciencias – a science museum more or less. This was convenient for me because it was in Logroño, so no commuting was needed that day! The English teacher, David told me to meet the group at a bus stop close to my apartment. When I got there, they had already arrived and the kids could see me from a distance; when they had confirmed it was me, they all ran at me screaming Estephanie!!! Estephanie!!!! It was the biggest hug I’ve probably ever received in my life. I was nearly knocked over, but it was probably the most adorable moment I have experienced to date. I hadn’t had coffee yet, but that was enough to wake me right up!
The science exhibit they were going to see was about the 5 senses. They took turns doing activities to learn more about the senses. The sense they mostly focused on was touch because the activities were more interesting. Most of the kids were blindfolded and had to grab items out of a bag and tell the museum employee what the object was. Another blindfolded activity was touching warm objects vs. cold objects. The kids loved it.
The first floor of the museum had ancient Roman artifacts and the entire time we walked around looking at all the items I had identical twins attached to both of my hands. They are so cute and they asked me questions in English they had learned in class. I was really impressed. Our day at the museum was very fun.
Activities in all my schools are currently centered on Christmas, a topic that I love of course. We’ve been singing, “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” for about two weeks now. I haven’t gotten tired of it once. Although, I made a huge contribution to Ribafrecha last week, I introduced them to Frosty the Snowman. It was a hit. Who doesn’t love a snowman that comes to life? I can’t think of anyone.
I had the fortunate opportunity to go to San Roman last Friday because the schedule was messed up since I am leaving on the 23rd. I just absolutely love San Roman. It is so peaceful and the kids are so sweet. The kids had extra fun on Friday because Javier and I prepared a treasure hunt in English. They were so excited the entire time. The treasure hunt was useful in teaching them prepositions such as “next to”, “beside”, “on”, “in”, “behind” etc. Each student had their own set of clues and they searched individually while the class looked on. The student would have to read the clue out loud and then search for the treasure. At the end of each student’s treasure hunt was a letter. All of the letters combined made up a word in English that they should know. The first student to unscramble the letters and shout the word out won the treasure, which was a pencil container. It was fitting since the scrambled word was “pencil”. It was so much fun!
We had a spare 15 minutes at the end of the day so we walked a little around San Roman and we saw three donkeys just randomly eating grass on a hill. Of course, I was intrigued. I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by donkeys…maybe it’s their size? I have no clue, but thank goodness I always have my camera on me because the kids went crazy with the donkeys. I’m sure they see them all the time, but they were excited to pet the donkeys. Maybe seeing my camera motivated them also. Overall, Friday was just a very successful day.
After school, Javier and I drove to Sergio’s house for lunch! Sergio made salmon and a vegetable dish that was delicious. I swear if it weren’t for Sergio, I would never be trying anything new. I don’t trust my cooking. But, it was nice that Javier joined us. It made for intriguing conversation. After lunch with Sergio, his wife Elena and Javier I tutored Maria. We played a great game; I wrote simple words on pieces of paper and put them in a plastic bag. We would each chose a word and have to describe the word without saying the word until the other person guessed it. Along the same lines as “Taboo”, but without a time limit. She loved it!
That evening, we had a faculty dinner. I was really looking forward to it after experiencing the last one. We went to a restaurant more towards the outskirts of the city so it wasn’t very busy. According to many, a lot of schools have pre-Christmas faculty dinners the same weekend that they make reservations during the summer! Being in the center of the city wasn’t an option on Friday. We ordered a bunch of food and split dishes between 4 people. My group ordered some delicious stuff. We found out fantastic news during the dinner, the secretary of the school, Carmen is pregnant! Ahh! So exciting!! She told us all at dinner. After the dinner, we ended up bopping from bar to bar. That was an adventure and I’m going to leave it at that. Haha.
This will be my last post for a while as I’m going home to the United States on the 23rd! No updates needed from the States. As nothing out of the ordinary happens there. Just kidding. So, UNTIL NEXT YEAR!!
San Roman Donkey Squad
Some of my co-workers at the faculty dinner