My apologies for not posting until now. So two weeks later school is about to start on Monday. We kind of had a fake first day of school yesterday, but it was only a half day with no real classes taught. I am teaching first grade math, science, and Bible and also seventh grade literature. The first graders are so cute, but I can't understand a word they try to tell me! The seventh graders were more refreshing to talk to, because they could actually understand me. I hope I learn Spanish while I'm here, because I'm not allowed to talk in Spanish at the school (since I'm hired to teach English). There are ten missionaries here now instead of seven. Six of us are from Walla Walla, one is from Union, one is graduated from Southern, and two are a married couple who were here last year. I love our whole group!
I suppose I should explain where I'm living. I am in the city of Comayagua, which isn't a huge city, but it's bigger than where I've ever lived. Or maybe it just seems big because of the crazy traffic (the driving here is insane! Pedestrians definitely do not have the right of way!). I'm living in a house with three other missionaries, and three others live in the house right across the street. Right now we're in the rainy season, so it's really humid. The other night I was rudely awakened by the loudest thunder I've ever heard in my life (but that's just because I haven't lived in the Midwest)! I am petrified about actually teaching on Monday, but I'm sure things will get better once the first week is over. Now that I know how to post (I'm so embarrassed), I'll be able to update this blog more frequently.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I can't believe that this Saturday night I will be headed to the Portland airport to fly out to Honduras! I've never been to Central America, so this will not only be a spiritual and emotional adventure but a traveling adventure as well! Right now my room is a disaster as I am trying to get things organized enough to stick them in a suitcase. I have never imagined myself actually teaching, but after this year I'll have enough mental images of myself standing in front of a classroom to last me the rest of my life!