Santa María de Oviedo

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  • Day146

    Back to Bogota

    February 22, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were out of the mine around 4 pm then we started our walk back to the road where we had been dropped by the bus. On the way, we passed through a local market selling nicks and knacks. We managed to find the bus back s soon as we reached the main road. The mini bus left us at the Portal Norte at around 5:30 pm. This time of the day, the TransMelinio station was jam packed with the daily commuters. Back in the city, we saw the tall skyscrapers of Bogota lit up beautifully. We saw another group of people, fully equipped and in army fatigues, parading around the city. There certainly were undercurrents reminding of the not so distant past that had not been that peaceful.
    Back at the hostel, Hristo was feeling a bit better but Maria was still feeling bad. Neither of them wanted to go out for dinner as they'd had a late lunch, so Karin and I went back to the Chibchombia restaurant and had exactly the same stuff I had had the previous night :)
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  • Day123


    December 31, 2016 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Für die erste Nacht gingen wir in eine Dorm im Hostel, was noch ziemlich teuer war. Dafür war das Hostel in der Nähe von dem von Monique hinterlegtem Päckchen.☺ Bei schönstem Wetter machten wir die Bike City Tour durch Bogota. Wir bekamen viele Informationen über Land und Leute und ihre Geschichte. War sehr interessant, aber wir hatten eigentlich nicht mit 5h gerechnet und waren recht kaputt danach. Mit dem Taxi fuhren wir dann zur Wohnung des ehemaligen Arbeitskollegen von Marc, John, der mit seiner Freundin Dianita und seinem Hund, Neo in Bogota wohnt. Da in Bogota wirklich alles nach Hause bestellt werden kann, bestellten wir auch das Znacht. Auch Johns Mutter war noch zu Besuch aus der Schweiz. Es war schön, wieder einmal in einer normalen Wohnung zu sein und wie dort zu wohnen. Hier in Südamerika wird sehr gerne dekoriert, und so war auch die Wohnung seehr weihnachtlich😉 Wir backten wiedermal Züpfe, was sehr gut ankam. Gingen Einkaufen und mit dem Hund spazieren. Obwohl die Stadt riesengross ist, gibt es immer wieder grüne Flächen, wo alle ihre Hunde frei laufen lassen. Dadurch, dass die Hunde viel Freiraum haben, sind sie viel ruhiger zu einander. Am 31. wurde gross eingekauft. Wir gingen in ein Gemüse/Früchte-Laden, wo man wirklich fast Alles frisch fand, sogar Aloe Vera. Zum Znacht gab es als Vorspeise superleckere "gefüllte" Kochbananen und als Hauptgang eine kolumbianische Suppe mit Kartoffeln, Pollo, Mais und vielem mehr. Zum Anstossen blieben wir gemütlich in der Wohnung. Am Morgen gab es Tamales zum Frühstück. Da am nächsten Tag noch frei war, zeigten sie uns verschiedene Teile der Stadt und wir chillten im Park. Zum Znacht machten wir Rösti☺ In den weiteren zwei Tagen die wir noch in Bogota verbrachten, gingen wir in eines der vielen vielen Shopping Center, besuchten das Gold Museum, gingen zu einer spannenden Graffiti Tour und bestaunten den Ausblick über die Stadt vom Cerro de Monserrate aus. Es hat uns sehr gefallen, ein wenig in Bogota zu "wohnen" und wir hatten uns sehr wohl gefühlt mit John und Dianita.Read more

  • Day36

    April fools!

    April 3, 2016 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Before I talk about the past week I just gotta say I'm gonna need some serious prayers this week as I start taking on all the responsibility of the classroom. The first week is always the worst!
    Okay so last week was pretty good. I felt super refreshed and ready to get back in the swing of things after break which was nice. Wednesday I introduced to the 5th graders how I was going to start doing classroom management and we started it Thursday, it went SO well!! I walked out of that class amazed at how much teaching I got done and how quiet they were. But of course we all know what Friday was....
    April fools! Either they all decided it would be a fun prank to be good one day and not the next, or they were just a little cray from the day. It was really funny, Thursday night Rachel and I switched all the desks from 6th and 5th grade so they were in the same position but a different classroom. Friday when the kids went to walk into the room and stopped in their tracks confused it was priceless! But the 5th graders didn't think it was funny, they kept asking why we did it and saying it wasn't funny. But it lasted all day, after lunch I had kids trying to walk back into 5th grade and then would remember and have to go next door to 6th.
    It was fun but then they started pulling pranks on each other. And of course it's more of a thing in the states so they're not used to it and don't really know what kind of pranks to play. One kid ended up crying because someone else hid her backpack. By the end of the day I was exhausted and so done with April fools!
    My weekend life was pretty boring. I finished some lipscomb assignments and planned this week. I accidentally stayed up til 1am Friday night (I guess technically Saturday morning) reading. After break I've been obsessed with Google Play books. Some of them are really cheap too so I bought a book for $3 Friday night and finished it Saturday. I didn't get much sleep though, or as much as I would have liked. So here I am at 8:45 pm ready for bed, and an alarm set for 4:50 am. Do I know how to live or what?
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  • Day19

    Week 3

    March 17, 2016 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Be proud. I'm updating twice in one week. Why, you ask, well let me tell you a story about Colombia...
    In Nashville they get snowdays, in Colombia we get days off for strikes. Apparently it's a normal thing here for workers to scream huge strikes when they aren't happy. There was one either Monday or Tuesday this week (I don't remember), it was the transportation workers so bus drivers and taxi drivers went on strike. There was another group scheduled to have a strike today. The US embassy has been in contact with ECA informing us the plans of the strike and they said they would let us know if it would be bad enough for school to be cancelled. Cuz when they strike, they close streets and stop traffic, which would make it hard for us to get to school. Until yesterday (Wednesday) everything seemed fine. Until they found out the transportation workers who went on strike earlier were not pleased with the outcome of their strike and decided to strike with the other group today. The transportation company that ECA uses to bus students and teachers told the school that when transportation is incolved, it can get dangerous and violent. If they see other transportation workers transporting people they could feel betrayed and attack the vehicle. For this reason, 10 minutes before school let out yesterday, they announced that we would not have school today. The bursts of screams heard yesterday was hilarious. You could tell where people were going from class to class announcing it. That's hard as a teacher because secretly all day I had been praying for no school today so when I found out I wanted to jump and scream with them, but you can't. Especially not with my class. They have enough energy for the whole school. We had an all teacher meeting after the students left to talk about what that meant for us. The elementary school principle was the only one there yesterday so she led the meeting and explained everything I just explained. Today is going to be a workday for teachers, we could decide whether we wanted to stay home or go to school to work. However, she also explained that foreigners should keep a low profile today because when tensions are higtened we tend to become an easy target.
    So that's why I'm here, sitting on my bed drinking my coffee writing this post. There could be violence in Bogota right now, but that's pretty far south compared to where I live and I'm not planning on leaving this apartment at all today. I'm safe and happy and about to write some lesson plans. Also, spring break starts tomorrow!!! Pretty excited for my adventures, here's a sneak peak: Google Villa de Leyva, and Prado. That's gonna be my week 😀
    Happy st. Patrick's day! ☕(why isn't there a shamrock emoji on Samsung?)
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  • Day21

    Random Things

    March 19, 2016 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I've mainly only been talking about school and my days there, but I haven't really talked about Colombia yet and what I've experienced in this country. So here goes my random cultural findings:
    First I should say it's definitely a third world country. The proof is in everywhere I look. The streets are worse than any Chicago street (sorry to say). One day I took the public bus to school, and they get super busy like I have mentioned before, so you're standing right in front of someone sitting down holding on to the bar on the ceiling for dear life. There is one exceptionally bad street on the way to school and I promise, it took all of me to keep my feet on the ground as we drove down the street. It was like a really cheep roller coaster.
    But besides that, as you drive down the street you see little shops and things that I can't explain and one day might take a picture of that show where the economy is at here.
    Another thing, everything is 10x smaller. In the States one store could turn into 3 stores here. It's insane to me and my first day was a huge shock. Even the restaurants are unbelievable small. The problem is, I'm going to come back and be weirded out about how big everything is.
    I need to correct my first post. I called it the AutoVista, it's actually the AutoPista (not technically capitalized, that's just for effect). But they pronounce it like a v so I got confused. Let me explain this autopista to you. Its 3-4 lanes each way, separated by a 5-lane-wide median of grass and trees (sometimes so thick you can't even see the other side). The way it works is one side goes north, the other goes south. BUT, there's no turning left. Si like on the way to school we take it north, and technically the street to get to school is on the left side. To get there, you take a u-turn called a Returno to start going south and then turn right into the street. That's just how it is. So you need to go north passed the street, take the next returno, start going south for a bit before you can turn into the street. And all along the autopista there are bridges over it for people to walk across. Which is helpful because after school the van drops us off on the other side from where I live, so I cross the bridge and walk along the sidewalk along the autopista until I get to my street. Something I've seen in the median is little tents where homeless people live. I've also noticed some construction or something involving digging in the middle but I haven't figured out what it is yet.
    Another cultural thing is the way people speak. I don't want to generalize it but the Colombians I talk to in Spanish speak so fast and so quietly. I have to ask them to repeat themselves so many times its crazy because I really can't hear them and they are so fast.
    I'm learning some of their customs though. When my host drove 2 boys home who live in our complex, that night one of their moms brought arepa (a bread type thing they eat for breakfast he was telling me about as he walked me home) as a thank you. This week, my host lent a student (possibly the same one) stuff he needed for his mission trip, so his mom brought a pound cake as a thanks.
    Now I'm going to say something really fast about the food. Cakes are not good here, from what I've experienced. The pound cake was super dry. When my student's parents threw him a party, the parents served wine cake, which is a super common thing here. People like cook their cake in wine, but it was soggy. Almost like tres leches cake but such a weird flavor because its wine. I took two bites and could not finish. I guess they think the wine makes it more moist, but it's just weird. Otherwise, I've eaten lots of beans and rise and fruit. The juice is literally blended fruit, it's incredible. And obviously a lot of strong coffee.
    There's probably more but that's all I got for now. The random things I've learned about Colombia so far.
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  • Day32

    All the feelings

    March 30, 2016 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    It's officially been 1 month since I've been here (as of yesterday), and today exactly a month until I go back. Being halfway through is bringing lots of feelings. The first month has flown by it seems! I'm obviously excited to go home and see everyone I've been missing so badly; but I'm also not ready to go yet. I'm scared I won't get to do everything I wanted to do while I'm here. From now on I'm going to try to get everything done for the week on fridays, that way Saturdays and Sundays I can explore and adventure. We'll see how that goes though... I get pretty lazy on fridays and generally just want to watch Netflix. BUT I'm going to be diligent and do my work so I can see things and not regret the time I spent here.
    Other general feelings: I'm feeling a lot more comfortable getting places by myself. The other day I missed the teacher van by 15 seconds so I had to take public transportation, and I made it to school! And I'm starting to take different ways to places and home to see which is the fastest. I switched up my walk home to make it faster. Last week I had to go to the store and I knew I had time to get lost so I took a way I had never taken by myself and figured it out, I didn't even get lost! Little triumphs like that are always fun. I'm also getting more comfortable with the language. Spending those 3 days at Prado with people who don't speak English helped a lot! And I went to both spanish classes this week, I haven't been since my first week cuz I forgot and had parent meetings the other weeks. So that will continue improving. Also getting more comfortable at school. I've been teaching 5th and 6th social studies for a couple weeks now and next week will start teaching 5th LA as well, taking on Rachel's full load of classes. Outside of teaching I'm getting more comfortable with the teachers as well. I feel like I'm generally acclimated now. Still obviously learning a lot of the culture but feel generally less overwhelmed with everything. It's a pretty good feeling!

    Random fact: on every radio station at 6 am and 6pm they play the Colombian national anthem. The radio is on right outside my room so I just got to listen to it. Pretty cool actually but I would probably get sick of it fast.

    Oh and I forgot to say, I think I'm falling in love with the family I live with. They are just so cute and loving and I'm so grateful they're letting me be a part of it for the time I'm here.
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Santa María de Oviedo, Santa Maria de Oviedo

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