04.10.2011 33 °C
This week was my second week of teaching. It's going really well. SOme kids are misbehaving but as soon as I threaten them with a black cross on the star chart they are as good as gold for the whole lesson. Yay!! It's been a pretty quiet week really till Friday when I moved into Johana's flat. It's really nice. I started to unpack then decided to go into town and get some of my wages so I could do a food shop. So i got on the bus fine, and then I thought I recognised where I was so got off the bus, only to realise that I was on the wrong side of town and had to walk for 30mins to get to the main part of town. I had no idea where I was going so I just crossed the river, walked past Gypsy town and the bullring then asked for directions. I only recognised two words, but luckily they were the words I needed :-) And I had picked the hottest part of the day to go 'exploring'. Trust me!! Anyway it all worked out ok and I got to town and found my way to the bank. Only, once I got there, it turned out that my pay hadn't gone in yet as it takes 1 to 2 days for money to transfer. Uhoh. Luckily I had some money still so I was ok, but meant I didnt really have much to go food shopping. However, Desmond rang me and said that Gloria, a woman from the church whose children I am tutoring, had invited me to stay over Friday night after tutoring, and to stay Saturday night. That was really nice of her. So I got back on the bus and heading back to Cerra Gordo, where I am staying. Now this was the first time I had walked to the flat by myself from the bus. So I got to the block of flats but my key wouldn't work on the front door. So I decided to start buzzing random doors. Finally someone answered, and I tried in bad Spanish and English to tell him that my key wouldn't work. Finally after 5 minutes of not understanding me, he buzzed me in. I then went to my front door, and again the key wouldnt work. Now I started to panic as I had no credit on my phone and I had no idea what to do. After 5 minutes of trying and failing to open the door, I realised I couldn't hear the dogs barking, and they always bark when someone approaches the door. I then looked around and realised.... I was in the wrong block of flats!! Uhoh. Shame faced I walked to the right block and successfully got into my flat. :-S
I had a really good weekend staying at Gloria and Carlos'. Yurani and Geraldine took me shopping Saturday morning and we had the best waffles ever!! Then we crashed in the front room and watched tv. About 5pm we started practising a dance for a big event happening in Merida soon. Then it was the youth reunion time. Gloria cooked us traditional Columbian food and it was amazing. After we wandered to the the park and practised the dance in the park!! Everyone was staring at us but it was really fun. I then went back to Gloria's and Skyped my mum and dad :-) Sunday was another adventure as it turns out no shops open on a Sunday and no buses run tp Cerra Gordo on a Sunday either. So me and Geraldine, who was coming to mine for lunch, got takeaway pizza and then went to Caroline and Desmonds to eat it. After, Caroline took us to mine as that was the only way to get there.
When I got home, I found the internet wasn't working. :-S Not fun. We no longer have internet in the flat so I am buying a dongle this week. Having major withdrawal symptoms from lack of internet! lol. Monday I went to the bank again, and waited 1 hour just to see ifIi had been paid. Which luckily I had. So I went food shopping. Big mistake by myself. I did a big food shop as had no food then found I couldn't manage to carry it all by myself. :-S Some how I struggle to the bus stop and got on the bus, just as the handle on one of the new shopping bags I brought broke!! I then texted Desmond and he kindly met me at the bus stop in Las Varguadas and helped me take the shopping back to his before work. He then took me home that evening as there is no way I would have managed. I am now covered in bruises on my arms and shoulders and my shoulders are killing me!! Evil shopping. (Never thought I would say that about shopping!! :-O)
I shall wait and see what adventures lie in wait for me this week :-) Hopefully I will get internet in my flat!!! xxx