Tis The Season To Party
I'm sure it's the same all over the world at the moment with Christmas and what not but since I last wrote my life has been filled with school and social events! Finally fully back to health is a lovely feeling and it's a good job really...
We're into the last week of school term now and there are so many events going on, some for the children, some for staff, some for parents! There was a big posh end of year staff party last week in this amazing restaurant in the middle of the sea (sort of). It's kinda famous some chef I can't remember the name of said it was the best restaurant in the world or something (convincing I know). I had,had to dash out to the shopping centre the night before and find a little black dress. Posh balls isn't exactly what I'd packed for, thinking I'd be roughing it gap year student style. But it was a great, drunken night. I was partially insulted by the headmaster who was shocked that I'm studying philosophy and who thought I looked like I should be a painter... he must have seen my efforts in chincha. It was also nice to see members of staff from the upper school (many of whom are fairly young) again, they're a good laugh and it was a nice night.
Last Wednesday we had a day off - sort of bank holiday style thing - the night before had been an epic fancy dress party in this kooky peruvian bar . I didn't make too much effort just a pink wig (thinking maybe natalie portman, closer type thing) but it backfired a bit because everyone thought i was a character from lazytown (a kids tv programme apparantly). Some people had really gone to town - much more effort than we ever put in at home - there were so many hired costumed and face paint. One guy even shaved his head in a show of epic commitment. Once again it was a late night, fuelled by free pisco sours and generous men and some of the strongest vodka's and cokes I've ever seen. Turns out they do it the other way round - a shot of coke is all. So I had Wednesday to recover which was well needed. We went to dinner at one of Alan's friends houses at night. She has a 19 year old son who's in a popular band in the city - he had heard of kings of leon and the artcic monkeys so i was impressed. He's playing on Friday so I think I'll go check that out!
Saturday night this musical group STOMP came to Lima. They're internationally famous, been in England a lot and stuff - the new york times called it the best show in the world. It was really incredible. all these fit guys on stage making the most amazing sounds with random pieces of rubbish, bins, chairs, brushes even just their hands and feet and stuff.
I'm about to have my last Spanish lesson in Lima today. Unfortunately I'm still pretty terrible at speaking it though at last I can follow conversations just about and get the gist when I'm reading it. This week coming is another busy one. Graduation, staff farewell and moving up days are all going on. There's a couple of kids I've really bonded with who I'll miss I think. I teach a group of 3 boys maths and they are just hilarious. I'm so rubbish at being a teacher I can't tell them off because they're just cheeky kids. I'm nearer their age than some of the teachers in school which probably isnt a good thing! They had me rapping eminem, lose yourself and i've achieved some street cred now. It makes me feel cool but trying to discipline them now has become impossible. the only way i can get them to work is by promising to do it again if they finish in time.
Next week we are headed off to Mancora (north peru and very hot!) for Christmas. It's a wierd thought that Christmas will be spent eating sandwiches on the beach while everyone at home is huddled round xmas trees and fires and turkey dinners and I'm sure I'll miss it on the day. But at the moment I'm quite excited to experience something a bit different - will surely be a Christmas to remember!
Until Then x