Things improved after that. I went home and got involved in an animated political discussion (in Spanish) with my host sister, who is a teacher on strike. My host brother isn't ready to have his picture taken, but he did let me take a picture of his homework. He is in first grade.
Today was definitely a top-of-the-rollercoaster day. Here is my Spanish class, meeting in the dining room of my house this morning. That's our teacher Jennifer in the middle. We love her.
Our Spanish class went to the school next door and gave a short presentation in terrible Spanish. This blue building is the school.
The kids were attentive and the next thing I knew, I had my first class discussion rolling. Yes! Something I know how to do!
In the afternoon, we had technical training and again were out in the community. Nathan (tall redhead in picture above) and I went out to interview the workers in the tree nursery and to the library to gather information about the river (Rio Mimac). The people we talked to gave us information that was inconsistent in interesting ways. Everyone was warm and helpful and eager to tell us about the community.
This is my room. I have a very good desk and chair. Note the picture of my beloved daughter Katherine in its place of honor.
Instead of a dresser, I have shelves for my clothes. The green towels are genuine Peruvian towels from the equivalent of Wall-mart.
Most important--my bed. The bed I had at first was very soft. After a bit of negotiation, they gave me my little brother's bed, which is far better for my back.
My walls and floor are cement, which is a luxury compared to the dirt floors of many families.
I like my haven, where I can rest and recharge my batteries for the next round of ups and downs.