Un fin de semana genial

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Shannon, Carey and I in the taxi
So after my last mini lesson on Friday (and turning in an eight-page paper about teaching grammar and getting assigned classes for practical teaching week), a few of my fellow classmates and I decided we needed a drink. It was a nice way to unwind, and I was planning on going home and napping afterwards since I was severely sleep-deprived from the intense week. Little did I know, however, that my classmates had a more rowdy afternoon in mind. We ended up having three margaritas each and Aaron (an American guy living in the same homestay as Shannon and I) invited some of our friends over, intruding on my nap time. So we had some wine at our house (for which Maria, my amazing hostmom, was happy to provide glasses) and then I promptly passed out at about 10 pm.
Maricruz and the birthday girl
It was a much needed full night’s sleep.

Saturday was Shannon’s birthday. So we woke up in the morning and Maria let us use the kitchen to make pancakes with Shannon’s gluten-free pancake mix, which we accompanied with gallo pinto (Costa Rica’s famous beans and rice dish), huevos picados (scrambled eggs), coffee and fresh fruit. Yum. Then I did a little lesson planning before the birthday party ensued.

My host sister, Maricruz, made reservations for bottle service at a nice club at 9 pm. So we met everyone from our class at our friend’s apartment at 7, where I made my delicious guacamole and others made fajitas, quesadillas, sangría and mixed drinks galore. Then we headed over to the club to dance the night away. All I will say is that there are some pretty interesting characters in our TEFL class, but there are a lot of really great ones too.
enamoradas
My host brother Juan José and his girlfriend Mercedes also came to the club and it was a really fun time.

Sunday was recovery day, as well as lesson planning central (shout-outs to Adena, Marni and Kristen and anyone else who is currently lesson planning/teaching!). Teaching ESL is pretty hard, since there is a very specific technique to it. Maximo Nivel, the language institute where I'm training, teaches us that you have to get the students to talk at least 60% of the class and "pull everything and give them nothing" in order to have a good class, which is much easier said than done. Today I taught my first full class and I did pretty well, even though I was super nervous. My students for the week are at the advanced level, so I get to do more fun things than the basic class with them.
hermanas!
This week is fun because we get to meet more of the students, who are mostly between the ages of 15 and 30, so they're pretty close to my age. One of the students brought her two-year-old daughter in today and I got to play with her while her mom was in class. Her name is Valérie (and her mom is Jackie, who is one of my favorite students so far), she was so cute and lively and I loved playing with her in Spanish. I'm excited to meet even more of the students later this week.

Tomorrow I am teaching a grammar lesson (the difference between "used to" and "to be/get used to"), and I'm kind of excited because I have pictures of celebrity train wrecks to elicit examples, like "Britney Spears used to be in rehab, but now she is getting used to being a responsible mom." It should be a fun class. I'll find out about jobs within the next few days, but as of now things are still up in the air. I really have no idea where I will be a week from right now, but it could be anywhere from here to a small town on the Pacific to Peru. I will definitely keep everyone posted. Hasta pronto!

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Shannon, Carey and I in the taxi
Shannon, Carey and I in the taxi
Maricruz and the birthday girl
Maricruz and the birthday girl
enamoradas
enamoradas
hermanas!
hermanas!
Aaron, Shannon and Rohan having a …
Aaron, Shannon and Rohan having a…
me, Juan José and Mercedes
me, Juan José and Mercedes
Los hijos de la familia Miranda Ro…
Los hijos de la familia Miranda R…
mi amiga/hermana y yo
mi amiga/hermana y yo
good times
good times
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