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Cultural Week

Field trip to the house of Rafael Pombo

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Full of inflatables, rock climbing walls, circuses, magic shows, field trips, and much more, Cultural Week (last week) at the school was obviously an awesome time for both the girls and the faculty of the school. Needless to say, this week has been difficult. We are all exhausted and not ready for class again...and final evaluations are starting too! Personally, I thought the girls were really lucky to have a whole week full of fun activities. Friday in particular was a great outing for the second graders.

We left the school around 8am and arrived in the center of downtown about an hour later. I never really thought about how stressful field trips would be for teachers when I was a student, but now I definitely understand. Trying to keep track of 90 second graders with 6 teachers is not the easiest job, especially in the middle of a busy (not super safe) downtown. However, the girls enjoyed it and we didn't lose anyone (always an accomplishment)!

Here are some girls in the central plaza downtown.

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So our field trip was to a house where a famous Colombian children's poet, Rafael Pombo, was born (in something like 1833). When we arrived at the house, there were probably about 5 or 6 people dressed up in costumes to look like the characters from his poems (and also one man dressed up like Rafael Pombo himself). I would probably compare him to Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein because all of the girls were familiar with Rafael Pombo's poems and characters. Most of the girls could recite his poems from memory (much like many kids could do for Dr. Seuss in the States). It was really fun to see the girls excited because they knew the characters. Well when we went inside, the characters started to act out the poems and to interact with the girls; they loved it. We also got a tour of Pombo's house, and even saw the room where he was born. Finally we played a few games and did some crafts (my group made stick puppets of some of the characters). It was quite fun.

This is a plaque hanging outside the house.

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Here are other pics of the girls meeting the characters. The first is the actor playing Pombo.

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Besides Cultural Week, not much exciting has happened around here. I'm very excited for April because my parents are coming to visit for about a week and a half for Holy Week. We will be traveling to Cartagena, the coast of Colombia, for the first few days and returning to Bogota to visit the touristy sites. It will be fun and interesting to play tour guide and hopefully they will be impressed with my Spanish (although I'm not)! Anyways, hopefully I will have more updates in March before their trip here in April. We are already starting final exams this week for the third period. Only one more and I will be home...crazy!

Posted by AmyLynn 18:06 Archived in Colombia Tagged tourist_sites

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