Time is going faster and faster lately. When I first arrived and was only in Bogota for 2 weeks, I felt as if I'd been here for at least 2 months. But here I am now, and the first quarter at school is over in a week and a half! Even though I still have days where I feel December might never come, I am succeeding more at staying positive and being grateful for this experience. I'm sure the next two weeks will fly by since all of the teachers are stressed and busy trying to add grades to the computer, write final exams, and fit everything in before final exams start. I just finished writing my final exam for the second graders, and I have most of my grades in, so I'm not too stressed. After final evaluations are finished, the students have a week long break, while the teachers go to meetings (yay!...not). I think we do get Thursday, Friday, and Monday off (the 9th, 10th, and 13th), so we'll have a nice long weekend. I'll have to figure out something fun to do those days, so I don't get too bored.
Anyways, I finally feel that my Spanish is improving. In addition to the conversation tables that we started, I'm also taking informal Spanish lessons with my friend Olga who works in audiovisuals at the school. She is currently teaching me verb conjugations. I think I have improved, although there are definitely days that I get so frustrated saying "No entiendo" all the time. I just want to understand everything right now!
Olga has been super helpful. Last weekend I went with her and her sister to Usaquen which is a part of the city that has markets that sell Colombian crafts and food. I didn't buy anything, but I'm hoping to go back again sometime soon. We also ate lunch at a very good Thai restaurant. Last Saturday I also went out with Alex and her friends to a bar that her friend owns. It was a pretty cool place, but very loud. She had never been there before either, and we both thought it would be a chill bar where we could all talk. But the music was so loud, we couldn't hear anything. We still had fun, though. I drank a martini with a juice made from a fruit called maracuya. We also danced a little. El fin de semana fue muy chevere (the weekend was very cool). Chevere is the slang for cool in Colombia...everyone uses it!
I'm not sure what the plans are for this weekend yet. A fellow teacher, Rodrigo, asked me to come to his house for dinner on Friday, but now we are moving it to next weekend because he wants me to meet some other American teachers that he knows and they cannot come until then. So that should be fun.
School has been good lately too. In second grade, we just started our big project. The girls are writing paragraphs about a pet they have or want to have. It seems like they are having a lot of fun with it. My sample paragraph was this: "My pet dinosaur is named Mike. He likes to jump over me. Mike is big and green. He is like Mudge the dog because they are both big. Mike is my best friend." (They have to say the type of animal and its name. Next, they have to write a sentence using an action word, then another sentence using two descriptive words. Finally, they have to compare it to another character we read about, and say that their pet is their friend). And in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade we are currently presenting commercials and news reports. The commercials today were hilarious. The girls wore costumes, brought props; they were very creative. We were all cracking up when one girl walked in with a drawn-on unibrow and a pillow up her shirt (her group was advertising a machine that turns people beautiful).
Anyways, this was just a pretty long post about my everyday life...I hope you enjoy it anyways!!
p.s. I'm thinking about buying a new camera (maybe as an early b-day present to myself!) so I will be able to post pics on here...we'll see!
Hope you're all doing well! Miss you all!