10/28/13–11/10/13

Hello.  I have had lots of encounters with creatures this week! One day after school, I was walking back to the house and almost ran into a big green snake.  He was hanging out on our door-step.  When I saw him, I jumped back, I wasn’t sure if it was venomous or not.  His eyes were round, but I’m sure if that rule works in Bolivia or not.  For all I could know, he could kill me in 10 seconds.  When he saw me, he retreated into our house and into our roof.  I went to ask a local Bolivian if it was dangerous or not.  It turned out to be a harmless snake that eats frogs and other small creatures.  So we just let him be.  After that, in the afternoon, when I was resting in my room, I woke up to the kids screaming.  They were saying “hay un lagarto de bajo de tu cama!!!” which means: “there is a lizard under your bed!”  I didn’t believe them. And they weren’t talking about a small lizard like you see in the States.  They were talking about a lard lizard, like 2 ft long or so.  I was sure that they were lying, and just trying to trick us.  But eventually we let them in our room to look, and sure enough, there was a large lizard underneath Chris’s bed!  They poked him, and he ran out.  We had a zoo in our house! Later in the week, we were missing a lot of teachers (for sickness, not showing up, ect), so I had to teach a lot of different classes.  At one time, I was teaching a class with 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. For this class I just showed a video.  I had no idea what to teach 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at the same time! For a short time in these past two weeks, we were out of water.  So I had to take bathes in the creek! But one day, I was raining so hard, that I went behind my house and took a shower in the rain! It worked perfectly!  I have been driving the truck into town more often lately.  I had to drive some people into town in the big truck to run some errands, and then a couple other times this week for various reasons.  Driving to town is a little nerve racking.  The roads aren’t the best, and the truck is big! But I’m starting to get the hand of it!  I got my first packages this week from my mom! They send some snacks and pictures.  And PEANUTBUTTER!!!!! I’m trying to conserve it, but its already almost gone!  Anyways, this week I finished off teaching new material in math.  This next week I am going to review for their final exam.  This past Saturday, we invited some of the soldier to come and spend the day with us, go to church, eat, ect.  Ten soldiers came.  They participated in church, and were very involved.  Then later that night, we played lots of volley ball with them, it was very fun! That just about sums up my past two weeks.  Talk to you all next week!

 

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3 thoughts on “10/28/13–11/10/13

  1. nathanieltm says:

    Sounds like an eventful week. I bet it is both fascinating and unnerving to be around so much reptilian wildlife! Good job on your teaching skills, filling in when needed. I am glad that the week went well. Stay safe.

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