Last blog post of the year! Ever since my return from my fabulous trip to Asturias, things have been FANTASTIC. A person shouldn’t be allowed to have so much fun in such a short period of time… but I’ll take it! But, I suppose having food poisoning and getting a cold within 3 days of each other balances that out. In my schools I presented a PowerPoint on Christmas in the U.S.A…. there is always one kid in each class that will read the title out loud and they always say “Christmas in the usa” as if it’s one word… it’s kind of funny. Just like my Thanksgiving PowerPoint, I included old pictures of my family and me. It makes it more entertaining for the kids because they can make comments like, “Hey! You’re missing teeth in that photo! I just lost a tooth last night too!” What makes it fun for me is seeing the kids’ reactions to traditions that we consider completely normal. For example, GINGERBREAD HOUSES. A subject I’ll follow up on shortly…
Last Friday was a big day. I had a comida de navidad, a Christmas lunch, with my coworkers from El Arco in Logroño. We went to this relatively new restaurant called Dharma and the food was absolutely amazing. I would recommend the restaurant in a heartbeat. By the end of the lunch, which was about 5:30pm, I was EXHAUSTED. I needed to take a siesta STAT because about 2.5 hours later I had to meet up with my coworkers from Las Cuatro Villas for a cena de navidad, a Christmas dinner. Having experienced past dinners with this crew, I knew I could not enter this dinner tired. The dinner was so much fun! There were 22 of us there. The food was great; we ordered big plates of seafood and such to share. As per usual, after dinner we stayed out…. for a while…needless to say we had a FUN night.
The next day, I had to force myself to wake up to cook a “traditional Polish dish” because my friends decided a week before that it would be fun to do an international lunch and every person had to represent a country and present some interesting information about that country. We named it the 6th Grade Cultural Report Day. I was ordered to do Poland since I’m mostly Polish and I know how to sing the birthday song in Polish. I had told my friends in the past I didn’t want to sing it alone and so by assigning me Poland, I had no choice but to sing it. I had thought about making pierogies, but upon looking for recipes I knew I was way out of my league. I settled for making a traditional Christmas mushroom soup. It turned out pretty good! The lunch was fun and semi-educational. The countries that were represented: Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Ghana, Argentina, Cuba and Spain. We enjoyed some DELICIOUS food. In addition to teaching them the Polish birthday song, I also taught them some Polish palabrotas, swears. Those are the only words I know haha! After eating our scrumptious international lunch, we did Secret Santa! I received a Spanish novel which maybe I’ll try to read on the plane…and a recipes notebook since I’ve been trying my hand at making different dishes.
Following the international lunch, I went to a Christmas cookie party!! Our friend Caroline loves making cookies and she made quite the spread…. I could have eaten those cookies all night. So, hats off to her on being a fantastic cookie-maker. We did a second Secret Santa, and I got A GINGERBREAD HOUSE KIT! I was so excited!! I immediately messaged my coworker and said we were going to make it on Wednesday at the school so we could show the kids what a gingerbread house is!
On Tuesday I went to get gingerbread supplies… so much candy and I had to attempt to make the frosting. I think my frosting turned out splendidly because it was VERY sticky. On Wednesday however, it proved more difficult than I was expecting. First, let me start by saying that trying to obtain a plastic bag to serve as a makeshift pastry bag was a near to impossible task. I had no plastic bags and I realized after stores had closed. I texted my coworkers and friends and my friends didn’t have any and my coworkers had no idea what I was talking about!! I had a 30-minute conversation with them via text describing to them what I was looking for. It turns out there was a message I hadn’t seen which caused the confusion. It was hilarious though, for a while I thought my coworkers were playing a trick on me to pretend to not understand my Spanish. We were all laughing about it the next day. I did eventually obtain one. Then during our free hour, three of us started to build the gingerbread house. I can’t remember the last time I made one, but I realized an hour wasn’t enough time. The frosting needed time to dry, but we rushed it. It became comical…. the candy started to slide down the walls. The REAL problem was the roof…the walls had needed more time to dry and by trying to put the roof on we were risking it falling down. My coworker told me to try and repair it a little and to bring it upstairs to show the kids even though it wasn’t completely finished. I told him it would be a bad idea because by bringing it upstairs it would be guaranteed to break. My other coworker said no, watch I’ll bring it upstairs…and what happened….it broke. Completely. All of the walls fell down, the roof fell down, and the candy was splayed out all over our cardboard base. In the classroom, I was laughing so hard at our completely destroyed house that I could barely breathe and was crying. So were my coworkers. The kids were still content and basically we ate the house… the kids, my coworkers and I. I will say the gingerbread was delicious. Every student would break off a piece of the house and say, ‘mmmmmmm!!! Que rico!!’ Basically, that means it was so delicious… for them, gingerbread is very rare to come across and I think not one of my students had tried gingerbread before. Although the house was an epic fail, I was still content to have the kids eat the gingerbread and watch their reactions after trying it. After school, my coworkers and I jokingly texted about whose fault it was that the gingerbread house broke.
Now, I am all ready to go back to the United States. I’m currently bored out of my mind in Frankfurt Airport during my layover and figured I would get a head start on posting this blog. It isn’t even 10am here and so far the world is still here, so I guess there was no reason to panic. Feliz Navidad!
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