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Time passes so quickly

It seems like everytime I come to use the internet, my eyes are opened to the fact that my time here is coming to an end very quickly. The last week has been fantastic. Teaching wise, my kids are really getting it. They can present themselves and say which sports and pass times they love, like, dislike, and hate. Tuesday and Wednesday they{re presenting their final projects. I{m always the last one to get on the bus going back to our instituto because my students love to ask me all about canada and my life in canada in spanish. It{s a good thing I hav my partner there. He{s been really great to work with and I will miss him dearly when I leave. I{ll miss all the partners. This has been such a special opportunity to get to know the people here. I definetally have family in cuba now, and I{m sure i{ll be back soon (as soon as I pay off my student loans). On friday night we took all our partners out for dinner and gave them school gifts from the donations we collected. they were so happy. we{ve been slowly handing out donations to people who have helped us, the people who taught us at the instituto (we had spanish lessons and a history lesson) and we{ll be giving to our students this week. Funny story, I had to take something from the donations box the other day. I had done laundry last tuesday and my clothes were srying on the line on our balcony (it{s an encolsed balcony). Some time that night between 9pm when someone went out there to have a shower and 10 30 when i went out to wash my hands, someone had climbed the side of the building and readed in to our balcony and stolen all the clothes. There were clothes gone from our balcony and the one next to ours, as well as from the international student{s building. i didn{t worry too much until i realized that all my underwears that i had in cuba, except for the ones i was wearing were now gone. luckily, someone had donated underwears, so i took a pair. the next morning, anah from our group had gone to get me some new ones even before breakfast at 8 am. i{m so well taken care of. that night, we had the police in our room at 2 am fingerprinting things. it seemed like alot of work for some clothes. we didn{t want to get the police involved but the instituto decided to because the international students we targeted. So exciting!

besides classes, we{ve been seeing alot of the city. Santa Clara is a very important city in the revoloution history. this is where che derailed batista{s last train and prevented his troops from getting to havana. there are facinating monuments here. we{ve also been going out. Our favourite bar is Mejunjes an outside bar with a tree growing in the middle. it{s the hippie place in santa clara. we{ve met alot of great people there too, and done lots of dancing. my hips are still sore from dancing there on friday night.

I can{t wait to show everyone my pictures and actually explain all about the people i{ve met here when i get home. it{s way too hard to write about every person here.

until next time!

xoxo jess

Posted by jchapelski 13:05

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