Tomorrow we go back to Madrid...

Trip Start Jun 17, 2008
Trip End Jul 01, 2008

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

I have heard from a few of the students.  Everything is fine.  Morgan had a bit of culture shock.  The family kept taking her out each night.  She just needed to sleep for a really long time.  I hope that happened for her.  John was having communication issues because his host brother was going to Canada.  He thought they were leaving on Saturday.  Perhaps they were going to at first, who knows?  Apparently they thought John looked sad at the news.  They had to call us so we could explain what was happening so he would stop looking sad.  I tracked him down at a nightclub...oh the hardship :)  But it seems that everything else is going well. 

I like that Jesse and Madison wrote on the blog!  I never thought of that.  See what happens when you try something new?  Other people perfect it.  Iīm glad that both of them are having such a great time.  There are sometimes moments when, for whatever reason, I question this trip.  After reading what they wrote I feel great about it.  Teaching Spanish is fantastic.  If I didnīt love it, I wouldnīt do it.  But this trip makes everything I do in class significant.  We would be walking through a palace or a cathedral that I had talked about in a power point and it wasnīt until that moment that they all realized why I love it so much.  Itīs nice to know that they love it too.  Yes, we walk until our feet have a heartbeat of their own.  We operate on minimal sleep.  We eat weird food.  But we are in Spain understanding that Spanish class isnīt just something that you study.  One can choose to do more with it, to go beyond conjugating verbs and learning vocabulary.  Be proud of your kids!  They have been LIVING with a family for a week.  It just doesnīt get any cooler than that.

I know that five pictures isnīt a lot.  It was crazy to just get those five on the blog.  I was in the train station in Salamanca when I did it.  The other two teachers swore that some creepy guy was trying to steal my purse.  They sat with me while I ordered a shake so that I could use the computer.  IT WAS THE SLOWEST COMPUTER IN THE COUNTRY.  It took me 45 minutes just to download FIVE pictures.  The good news was that I had nothing else to do as we had to wait for the train back to Valladolid.  I know that most kids had a little over 200 pictures when I dropped them imagine how many they have now. 

I canīt wait to hear what everyone will say when I pick them up tomorrow at noon.  Some will be glad itīs over.  Some will be crying because they know they will never see their new Spanish families again.  Some will be crying because it just wasnīt enough time.  Everyone gets something different from this trip; itīs not for everyone.  I hope that this experience was just enough to make each student just a little more adventurous, less afraid of what the world has to offer them, and more tolerant and aware of cultural differences.  I also hope that this makes them continue taking Spanish with a new appreciation for what itīs really about.  I never know to what extent the trip changes the students.  I guess we will all wait and see. 

I think this may be the last entry.  I donīt know how much time we will have in Madrid.  We still have to see the Royal Palace.

See you all in the airport!
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