(I wrote this yesterday, but didn´t have the time or ability to post it until now.)
My second day of classes was SO much better. I got a new teacher for my first period and learned SO much more. I was really proud of the biography I wrote of myself, though I had mistakes, of course. Dante, my second period teacher, and I praticed many past tense verbs and I was happy with how I did. I really think I might learn this stuff! However, it really will take a lot of studying and practice. Tonight my homework is to take a short story (only 3 or 4 paragraphs) that is written in the present tense and rewrite it in the past tense. And then I have several questions to answer in the past tense. I have been taking crazy notes during class, and then bought a second notebook to rewrite my notes in a more clear and logical order. Rewriting helps a lot. I have many verbs I want to conjugate tonight. However, tonight is the welcome dinner at a restaurant for all the students, so it will have to be later. I wanted to get online now because Diego will probably be playing war games on here later. Hmph.
It´s hard to share the bad as well as the good, but here goes. This afternoon the school secretary took me to the Mother Theresa house where there are malnourished children. It was a pretty awful experience for me. I wasn´t able to see anything in the place. They sat Rosa and I on a couch and Rosa and a couple other ladies talked so fast I could barely understand what was going on. I tried to ask questions and won´t get into all the details but I was SOOOO frustrated by the time we left. We got back to the school and Rosa had one of the teachers translate it more clearly for me. Basically, they said for the first time, the place was asking me to offer a gift in order to work there. So they could buy something for their kitchen etc. They wanted to give me a list of their needs and I could gift whatever I thought was good. In addition though, they were strict about when I could come etc. I am not yet sure when I will be doing certain sight seeing things and was not quite ready to commit. I am very reliable so I needed to be sure. Tomorrow another teacher is going to take me to another two sites to check them out.
By the time I left the school this afternoon I was overwhelmed and frustrated. I had to listen to my music, which I haven´t at all since I left St. Louis. So I put on some good techno and later Blue Merle. I walked to the plaza de las armas and spied on people with my camera. Got some good pictures. I absolutely LOVE my camara.
All right. I am off to dinner. Blessings!