We have been in Chile for several days now and have completed two days of classes at our Spanish school, ECELA. So far, the experience has exceeded my expectations, particularly in terms of learning opportunities. We are constantly learning new words in Spanish (muchas palabras!), pedagogical tools/techniques, elements of Chilean culture/geography/education system, and more!
I have been very impressed with the students from Buffalo State. All three ladies have been so positive, flexible, and hardworking. It is exciting to see them soaking it all up!
Personally, I faced quite a challenge Monday night when I found myself lost in the streets of Santiago at almost midnight with no phone or money (as we hadn’t gotten those yet), and VERY limited language. While I was calm and unusually ok with the situation, I did need help. Luckily, a very generous man who only spoke Spanish helped me out. When he realized I was VERY far away from where I am staying and trying to walk there with a heavy backpack, I think he thought I was a little crazy. I tried to tell him I didn’t have money to take the metro or a phone to call for help. I just wanted directions so I could keep walking, but he put me on a bus, told the driver where to have me get off, and paid for it for me! If that is any indication of the Chilean people, then they are truly wonderful! :)
I hope to have more time to blog soon!