The flight was extremely long, I've never sat in one place for so long. It took about 2 hours to get to Atlanta and another 10 hours to get to Santiago, but it was so worth it! I had a lot of trouble sleeping on the plane (as in I got zero sleep). Not sleeping actually turned out to be beneficial, as I was able to watch the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. As the night sky faded and the sun began to rise, the sky looked like the most gorgeous painting I have ever seen, except it wasn't a painting, it was real. The most beautiful shades of blue and pink softly mixed together above the Andes mountains. I was absolutely awe-struck by the beauty that was appearing in front of me.
The first day here was very interesting. After Claire and I met our host family and got settled, we decided to explore a little bit. While we were out walking around, we spotted a stray dog. This absolutely crushed me because anybody that knows me knows how much I love dogs. The dog, who I named Buddy, was the sweetest little pup. I bought him Pringles and an apple hoping that he would eat something. When I went into the store he waited at the door for me. I tried feeding him the apple first and he didn't like it. Then I tried giving him the Pringle and he spit it out and laid his little head down on my shoe. I wish I was able to give Buddy a home, but unfortunately that was not possible :(
This morning, we had our Spanish classes at Ecela. We each have a conversation class and a grammar class. Both are pretty difficult since I have never studied Spanish. However, I am enjoying the process of learning a new language.
After class, we all headed over to Universidad Mayor where we all sat in on an English pedagogy class. In my class, we all sat around in a circle and had a bit of a question and answer segment. The students had many questions regarding the education system in the United States. I tried to answer their questions the best that I could. In doing so, I realized that their educational system is very different from what I am used to. For instance, they have very little knowledge and training with students with disabilities. This was a bit shocking to me.