16.02.2007 23 °C
living in granada is pretty sweet. i've been here for about a month. first couple weeks i hung out, drank, did lots of reading, visited laguna de apolya and just enjoyed the town. thank god i had some down time because now i'm crazy busy. i am bartending at this cool hostel called bearded monkey. i get a room of my own that is NOT in the hostal, it's 4 blocks away in a waldorf school. i also get a couple meals on days i work. not a bad gig. of course there's a lot of bull i put up with and dealing with drunks (when i'm pretty sober, gets old). i've decided that when things get crappy i will just make myself a nice strong drink. f*ing brilliant!
i also found a great organization called La Esperanza that i'm volunteering with in the mornings. they work with 4 schools outside of granada. the communities are really poor and many students need extra help with basic skills. i'm helping out the preschool class. i've been hit, spit on (twice), had things thrown at me, one kid swept the floor and decided to dump the full dustpan on my head !NO ME GUSTA! (they hear that a lot from me) i've tried to help kids that are screaming and yelling on the floor, doesn't usually go well. crazy. i should never complain about teaching in the states again. there are 40 kids in class but usually only 30 to 35 show up most days. there was an aide the first day of school, but she never returned. the teacher locks the classroom gate/door so kids can't wander out of the room and swing or just goof off. (which also means kids are often locked out of the classroom) kids hit each other, throw toys, scream, yell, spit and generally behave badly. they get away with a lot of crap!
even though it's crazy. i'm getting used to the madness and the kids are getting used to me and it's more and more fun each day. i'm very excited to be working with an organization that directly impacts the local communities. i work my ass off. after 4 months without working (think i'd be ready for some work, but no, not so) working these spilt shifts are kicking my ass... i go home mid afternoons and sleep for an hour or two (if i'm lucky) before going to work. guess i like to do things the hard way. i'll be staying here for another 6 weeks or so before continuing to panama and figuring out how the hell i'm going to get to south america.
thanks to everyone that's left a comment or said hello. i'm not really homesick, but i miss my friends dearly. mucho amor siempre. B