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Published: April 25th 2014
Standing in front of the fountain (der), in the courtyard for the gallery that went into three separate areas plus under the arches you can see.
I am slowly starting to see the connections between the verbs, masculine, feminine and nouns in the Spanish language, but this old dog is having a lot of trouble learning these new tricks. My teacher Luchow fortunately has a sense of humour and constantly tells me I'm improving. While I am desperate to believe him, the reality is more like it was for poor Vanessa in Melbourne - I am just driving him insane. Never mind, I will preservere and tomorrow we will attempt real conversations when we meet in the Plaza de Armas to see if I can really confuse some people. My lessons are arranged for every day this week starting at 3.30pm till 5.30pm, but Luchow was unable to be here yesterday so it was a great opportunity to go with Lauren, Ros and Kiah and look at some museums and cultural dancing. Before that, and even though we had already had some lunch, the girls felt it was necessary to have waffles. I forced
myself to enjoy a short stake of pancakes. The photos provide you some glimpses of what we were seeing for the afternoon. I arrived home to Patricia enjoying a Pisco Sour (imagine vodka,
The artist was present while we looked at her work and explained the reason for the overly large hands and feet depicted the hard work that the Peruvian people endure all their lives. She also explained that several pieces showed the women protesting about the starvation of their children. Her father also has a shop in San Blas which she invited us to look at.
lemon juice, sugar, egg white and ice all mixed together ) with the Brazilian boys and their friend Maggie. Of course I was offered a drink and didn't hesitate for a second! The boys had also made desert which would normally be like our rumballs but was serviced in little shot cups. Delicious regardless and Patricia's meals are always very Peruvian and great tasting.
I have worked with little ones for most of this week and poor Luis Mario is still crying incessantly until almost lunch time. I did have him fall asleep on my lap out of sheer exhaustion and the silence was golden, if not for a great deal of time. I had tried to distract him by pointing to the man working on the brick wall for the toilet area, but this simply had him begging the man to release him from the prison. It almost sounded like he was saying; "Please help me escape! I have been wrongly accused! If you can't get me back to my mammitta, please get me my lawyer! Help me!!!!!" I couldn't help but laugh even though he was so sad and pathetic. The worker was very patient and talked
This artist was very dark, but had an interesting interpretation on scary fairy tales such as Little red riding hood had the wolf in her basket.
softly to him as he went about his business. Unfortunately, even though the work is so needed on the toilet area, it is creating a terrible environment for the children and carers. The cement is being mixed in the same area as the children eat, play and sleep with only a wall including an open doorway between the cement dust and the children. It floats around and onto everything. They have to walk around the mess to get to the room they eat in and it is a battle to keep them from getting covered in all the dust, etc. Yesterday I mentioned this to Patricia and she was investigating if they could move the children until the work is finished. I wasn't there today, but Patricia said that there was a room they were moved to for this morning and also for tomorrow. Thank goodness, as I came home on Wednesday feeling filthy and choking on the cement dust myself.
Today I went to the older school which teaches the 3, 4 & 5 year olds. It is a much longer walk and always seems to be quite hot there when the children go out to
Many paintings by different artists, all of which you could purchase. Quite a few caught my eye but not sure how I would fit them in the backpack.
play. The task for us today was to help rearrange the class so that the children sat at tables for their age group. When then assisted them with decorating their names. It took all morning as there was no accounting for the length of the name or the age of the child in doing the work. They eventually went outside to play and eat on the grass slope next to the concrete playground. I had to try to clear up some of the glass and while doing this a child managed to throw a brick at another child, hitting him on the head. Try as we might (Kiah in Spanish and myself through sign language) to convey our concern that the child might be concussed, the teacher did not seem to be too concerned. I found it so frustrating not to be able to speak to her in Spanish to be able to convince her that there might be real danger for little Marco. As his mother does not pick him up, (at 4 he walks home), I doubt she will be given much information as to the injury on his head. I just hope my overprotectiveness is unnecessary and
This one's for you as I immediately thought about the piece you have hanging in your unit and thought it would make a lovely addition. Again, packing could be an issue.
we see him sitting in class tomorrow. The teacher did wipe the blood from his head (it was only a flesh wound), made the rock thrower apologise, kept little Marco with her as they all played circle games (which he had to be involved in) and informed the rock thrower's mother that there had been a bit of rough play. It is so different from the environment in which our children are protected, sometimes to the point of ridiculousness.
The girls are wanting to go out for Tapas & Salsa lessons and invited me to tag along. Couldn't say no as I do love to salsa! Tomorrow night Patricia has invited me to a concert that includes the lead singer of the band from Toto for those of you old enough to remember the group. Will let you all know in a few days how it all went but hopefully I will also be able to tell you about the Colca Valley in the same blog. Currently waiting on confirmation that I can do this on Saturday and Sunday.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Cheers.
PS. Hey Megan, not sure which
Cultural Show 1
This was our orchestra and while the music had a similar beat and tone for the entire hour, you couldn't help but enjoy the dances as they were all a little different in composition and the costumes were so colourful. The costumes each depict a different region in Peru.
University you were referring me to, to find the excellent restaurant for ceviche. If you read this blog would love you to message me so I can find it! Thanks heaps.
PSS. Went out for dinner with girls to a lovely restaurant where I tried ceviche and lama! Both were quite nice. Afterwards we went for salsa lessons which was great fun but tiring so home by 11.30. Off to the school but little Macro was not there 😞 Hoping he is ok.
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