Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Teachers Day, School trips and Football

Stepping in Simon Cowells Shoes

So school continued as normal except for the fact most of my classes had tests so my job was to act as a judge for the kids oral presentations. The kids were free to pick their own topics, as predicted One Direction featured heavily and surprisingly Miley Cyrus despite her recent fall from grace. I was pleased to hear something a bit different when one girl came up to present about Iron Maiden. I would have enjoyed it more had every third word not been death or dying, I'm not sure whether the girl was unaware what she was saying or she intended to have a beaming grim when talking about such depressing topics. After talking to my co teacher and discovering that last semester she did a presentation about the positive aspects of Adolf Hitler's character I think she was in full knowledge. Needless to say I gave her a good mark, didn't wanna mess with someone who idolized Hitler. Some presentations were not so fluent and it was quite clear google translate had been used heavily with some sentences making absolutely nosense or being unintentionally comical.

My role as a judge extended to auditions for the schools English talent show. Some kids were evidently more talented than others but it was enjoyable all the same. There was one incredibly eccentric boy who sang a rock song and proceeded to kick his chair over and scream YEAHhhh at the crowd. It took us a good few minutes to quieten the room.before we could proceed. Wasn't quite sure who I most resembled as a judge but unfortunately I think I ended up being more of a Louis Walsh rooting for the eccentric underdogs more so than the truly talented kids. Overall we picked some great acts and if I was a betting woman I would fancy our chances in the talent show in November. GO Santa Maria!



Celebrated both my host mum and co teachers birthdays this week which of course in true Chilean style meant more food and drink. We had an asado prepared in the wood stove in the kitchen with mounds of meat and sprinkles of salad. Lily was a tad tipsy making a toast to Queen Isabel, you know, Prince Charles mum (:S) and even more randomly to Monica Lewinsky, I didn't even attempt to question that one but joined in raising a glass.The next night we headed for girls night out with a Chinese and then onto a quite flyte (ghetto) pub for karaoke. We sang (questionable use of the word) to Bohemian Rhapsody, everybody wants to rule the world and the most peculiar version of American pie. The words were not English but not spanish, it was as if they had stuck it in Google translate and hoped for the best.

  












GOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaalllll

Got to experience Chile's qualification for the World Cup. After the match we were driving through the city centre which was in gridlock with beeping horns and flags flying. Was a great atmosphere. Lucito was so happy he actually broke his car horn from excessive beeping. Found out Chile and England are to play each other in November for pre world cup friendlies, allegiances will definitely be split then.




Sugar ahhhh honey honey

So I have always wondered why there was a box full of bees in the garden but I never had sufficient spanish to ask the question. Turns out Pepe makes honey and decided to give us some honey for the house. Me and Lily were given the job of filtering the honey and after exhausting all the kitchen utensils none being appropriate for the job we used a pair of lilys tights and a cut open pop bottle. It worked a treat but looked like a Blue Peter experiment. Funniest thing was Lily gave the tights a wash and informed me how she still intends to wear them haha. The honey was delicious and will definitely be a welcome change from manjar for the next few weeks.

  












Officially the longest day ever 

So for some unknown reason I volunteered to attend the school trip to Santiago (6hours away), thinking it will be fine I will sleep on the bus. Think again Laura, I was on the bus with the most notoriously disruptive of my classes. The director boarding the bus to check some of the boys weren't drunk before we left pretty much set the scene for the rest of the excursion. The kids danced reggaeton the entire way there. A 5 minute toilet stop turned into well over an hour at 6am when almost 400 Chilean kids spotted a food vendor and queued for chips and burgers. After a few more buses breaking down we eventually reached University Catolica in Santiago, beautiful campus. Lunch was chaos, you wouldnt think they were aware they had to feed 400 kids and the queue snaked round the cafeteria, nearly two hours later we were finally fed and watered before another University exhibition. The bus home was equally as lively, and although I normally have a soft spot for SEAN PAULLL I can not say I appreciated it blasting all the way home after almost 2 days with no sleep. Back to school 1am- followed by a morning of classes the next day. EXHAUSTED!


Teachers day/week

Listen up all teachers, if you want to feel truly loved come to Chile. Not only do they celebrate teachers day it turns into more of a week of teacher appreciation, free food and drink, gifts and kind words. Tuesday night we had a cocktail at the primary school with food and drinks and one teacher receiving a lap dance from some lady singing, Wednesday classes were suspended for a showcase of dancing and singing by the kids.The teachers including me all received a flask with the school emblem (perfect I looooove tea) and enjoyed another buffet. Friday night we had a sit down formal dinner all paid for by the school with drinks and canapes followed by karaoke and a disco. Shame I was too exhausted from the Santiago trip to bring out my beyonce but it was probably for the best, I have to work with these people afterall. Despite leaving early (or more specifically as soon as dessert had been demolished) it was a good night.



Highlights

  • Being told by my students my eyes were AWESOME because they are so blue and I have such blonde hair (I am genuinely considered blonde here). 
  • Singing all the way to town in the Collectivo to Duffy Warwick Avenue on the radio. Definitely scared the driver that evening. 
  • Eventually finding out what ASS is that I has always intrigued me on Chilean restaurant menus. It is not nearly as exotic as expected and is just essentially beef hot dog! 
  • Amazing new Zumba routines including Love Shack (Chile is definitely stuck in the 80s). 


Only 6 weeks to go 

Chao Chao 

Laura xxxx






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