Published: October 14th 2010October 14th 2010
Well to start off, today is a holiday from school in Poland for "Teacher's Day," basically a celebration of education and teachers. So no school today, and we're leaving for Italy in a few hours!!!!!!!!!!! So since we have no school today, the students celebrated yesterday. They bring teachers candy and flowers and other gifts. Both Des and I got roses yesterday from our classes which was super nice.
Yesterday starts off normal, get to the bus stop to wait around 8:35 since the bus is supposed to leave at 8:45. The bus didn't get there until 9:15. Verrrry late. Luckily we made it to school just in time to find out that we were supposed to be there to teach an earlier class that nobody told us about. So we missed our 2nd period class. And they added an extra 3rd period class for me (during my break) which they pretty much do every week anyways. So we should have had 6 classes yesterday in total. Well our last 2 classes were cancelled (which nobody told us about either) so we only found out when we sat there waiting and no one showed up. So We left early and went to Astra (the private school we teach at too) to talk to the head lady and tell her that we don't really want to keep coming since for the past 2 weeks, nobody has shown up for our lessons and we feel bad getting paid for sitting there. Well she wouldn't let us quit and kept saying "don't worry people will come!" So we left and got lunch (I ordered a "chickenburger." It had peas on it... peas. Along with every thing else under the sun. Was it good? Just guess). Left the food place, went back to Astra to teach our 1 lesson there, again, nobody showed up. Took the bus back to Sycow and had to meet at this place called Black and White for our teacher's day party with all of the staff at the Sycow high school. First, we were underdressed. Second, as people start showing up, they all take out bottles of vodka from their bags and put them on the table. (This should have been red flag number 1). Of course, no one really talked to us so we sat in the corner, in the dark, alone. The food was ok I guess. These people drink... heavily. And then the dj starts playing music and everyone (bear in mind these people are definitely over 40) goes out and dances on the dance floor (Red flag number 2). It was insane! Most songs were in Polish but they did break out YMCA (that nobody knew the hand motions too except for Des and I), Shakira's "Waka Waka" and Ace of Base "I Saw the Sign." Oh they also forced us to get out there and dance/move around awkwardly with them. So when Ace of Base starts playing they do a DANCE TRAIN around the entire room (Flag 3). I was holding hands with the headmistress (who is a very serious woman but hilarious to look at with her bleach blonde hair teased up, lime green eye shadow, and fake tan). Lastly, they have this religion class at school that is taught by a priest. Well the priest showed up to this party (Flag 4)... watching all of the people drinking their vodka and he gets up and dances too!! During this dance train business, there was the priest (in full Catholic priest gear, white neck thing included) dancing all around the room! I am still in shock from seeing these people party. We finally snuck out to walk all the way back home. And we forgot our roses on the window ledge :(
Interesting day yesterday.
Bologna, Italy watch out!!