These last two days have been incredible; the people here are so friendly. Our teachers at Ecela are awesome. I am having such a difficult time picking up Spanish and I am starting to become frustrated because all my classmates, Danielle and Dr. Patti and a woman from Chicago, are doing so well. I am trying my best and no matter what I will keep trying. As a future educator I think is important to have an experience like this one because you will be able to relate with your future students when or if they are struggling with an assignment or subject!
Yesterday we had the chance to meet our pen-pals! They were all so nice and they spoke English very well. I speak very fast, so I tried my best to talk much slower. After the presentation we had the opportunity to hang out with our pen-pals for a little bit which was a great time! They took us to Bellevista and we tried one of their traditional drinks.I have been sick these past few days with a cold, so I couldn’t really taste it, but everyone seemed to enjoy it! I have two of their numbers and we are planning to hangout sometime this week or next week; I can’t wait!
Today we went to the Cathedral and the National Museum of History of Chile. We actually took the subway for the first time, which reminded me of New York City. Everyone was walking very fast and the train was packed. The Cathedral was breathe-taking. All of the architecture was so detailed and beautiful.
The museum was so interesting and I loved walking around learning about Chile and seeing how things changed throughout the years. While walking around the museum I met a security guard by simply smiling at him. He told us about a tour upstairs (Dr. Del Prado had to translate because he only spoke Spanish), so we followed him. He introduced us to two tour guides and we then began to walk up a small spiral staircase. Dr. Del Prado was so excited because although she has been there a lot of times, she never knew about this tour! After climbing up four flights we reached the end of the tour, but I had a surprise! My new friend- the security guard- asked me if I would like to go to the way top. Everyone of course wanted to go, but he said only one person could, so my friend and I went up the staircase to see the huge clock.The floor was made of glass and I saw how the clock works! It was so cool! As you can see a smile goes a long way :)