Monday, July 29, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Then an amazing dessert tray was presented to us and it was so lovely I forgot to take a pic. Sue and I shared a tapioca coconut pudding that was topped with a sublime hibiscus flower jam. I'm not a dessert person but that was fantastic.
After lunch, I headed to the Museo Casa Diego Rivera. At times, I even had a couple of gallery rooms to myself which I love. The collection is mostly his early works but it was cool to see when he was experimenting with Impressionism and Cubism before finding his own style. There were also works by other artists and a spin through his family home.
I did a little work and then Sue decided to stop by for dinner so we cooked and hung out and watched The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. It was a good day.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The street is narrow and windy (as in it curves, not that there is a gust of wind) and taxis and other vehicles come out of nowhere. Here, as in many places around the world, the pedestrian has to watch out because the cars and buses have right-of-way and they use it.
I turn off the street and onto the walkway that is bordered with lots of apartments. It is narrow and, evidence indicates, sometimes has a pack of burros wandering through it.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Today was my first day of teaching and it went really, really well. I am doing a teaching methods class and all my students are high school teachers who are pursuing their master's degree in the summer. They take teaching class and literature and culture classes. We started this morning by talking about what brought us to Spanish, both learning and teaching. It was amazing to hear my students' autobiographies and their adventures and challenges in learning and using Spanish as well as traveling. I very well might have been the least traveled person in the class. I am looking forward to getting to know them better and diving into the course content.
The below pics are over the area of campus where our program is held. I teach in the classroom in the middle of the second photo that has a bright pink sign on it. The courtyard is beautiful and you can catch glimpses of the cityscape through the trees. Now it's time to enjoy that view while I get tomorrow's lesson prepared.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
As with much international travel, there were some snags but I made it just fine. My apartment is just stunning and it's up high on a hill off of a street/path that is pedestrian-only. I pass through a wrought iron gate that is securely locked and up several flights of stairs where I then unlock a series of locks on the front door to get into my fortress. The two times I have taken taxis so far haven't worked out terribly smoothly in terms of them finding the intersection of the traffic street and the little path where the apartment is. I think once I'm more familiar with the layout of the area, I'll be better able to tell them exactly where to drop me off. The good thing is that I'm really, really close to the building where I'll be teaching (it is not at the top of that grand staircase in the photo). I leave my apartment, duck down a series of stone staircases, and find a large door in a wall that is one entrance into campus. Tomorrow is my first class!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
We had a great Independence Day with our friends, Wes and Moria. Moria made three different, amazing types of margaritas and Wes grilled for us. There were cupcakes, raucous card games, fireflies in the garden, and the sounds (but not really sights) of fireworks. It was just perfect.