My first weekend in Santiago was amazing! On Saturday we went trekking in the Andes mountains. I was so excited! I love geology and was so interested in seeing them in person, especially because in some of my science classes I have learned how they were formed. As soon as I got there in was in complete awe. I was speechless and that doesn't happen very often.
This was in the beginning of the trip. It was right before we started hiking. About five minutes after this photo was taken I was told the first part of the trip about 2 km was the most difficult part. That is when I started to get nervous. I am not an advide hiker. I prefer long walks with no hills. The leader was going very fast. I started to get frustrated with myself because I felt like I should be able to keep up with the pace of the rest of the group. I got upset and thanks to some of my amazing girls on this trip the assured me we could just go at a slower pace and that it would be okay.
I relate this to English language learners because I feel like some of the students feel like they should be able to keep up with the rest of the class. However, that's not possible. We are not all built the same way we all have our strengths and our weaknesses. As teachers we have to remember that. Eventually all the students will end up pretty close together.
That is what happened to me. I did not get to the complete end, but I got pretty darn close. I was so proud of myself. I did not think at the beginning or the middle I would be able to get where I did. Looking back it was a mental mind game that I was playing with myself. This is a picture that was taken about 1 km before where I finished.
After the long and strenuous day of Saturday we had a free day. I went to lunch at an amazing Italian restaurant with the rest of the girls and one of our Chilean friends. The portions of food were so big. After we had lunch the girls and I walked around Santiago. It was nice to connect with the girls and just chill. This was a photo taken in front of a fountain near our school.