Puerto Montt

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Hotel Don Luis

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

I left Parral 4 days ago on a bus headed south to Puerto Montt. The journey started early in the morning at 8:00am, the morning sky still dark with the residue of night.  For miles I come in and out of consciousness, waking only for brief seconds, to find that I was in a new city.  Eliana has decided to be my companion on this trek to new adventures and possibilities.  After the incident of my over sleeping on the bus, I am not allowed to travel alone anymore.   She probably thinks I will oversleep again and wake up in Antarctica.  I can just see me lost, walking around Antarctica with my black hooded coat on.  The headlines would read, "Scientist discover new breed of penguin in Antarctica.  Subject is a friendly female, but refuses to eat raw fish.  She prefers it deep fried in Maize (cornmeal), with Picante (hot sauce) and served with something called Lite Bread.  More information is discovered everyday about the peculiar and entertaining species."

It begins to rain and I watch hundreds of rain drops dance on my window.  The Chilean Landscape passing by, changing from urban highrises to rural farmland.  Miles of trees brilliant and green; leaves heavy with rain, brick red earth is evidence of fertility and life.  Even on a rainy day, against a somber sky the air is brimming with the glare of opportunity.  I sit in contented anticipation letting the day unfold in its own time. 

Fourteen hours later we arrive and find the hotel (Hotel Don Luis) where I will be staying.  It is very modern and best of all it has central heating and the ice and cold of the north melts away like a dream.  The next day was sunny and clear, and Eliana, Karen, Lisa, Fransisco (the other teachers that will be teaching with me in Puerto Montt) and I decide to explore the city.  We walk toward the little town of Angelmo.  I street was lined with Merchants selling everything from jewelry, and socks.  We continue to walk sandwiched by the traffic crammed street on our right and the ocean on our left.

We are greeted by a lady that asked if we wanted to take a 30 minute boat ride around the island.  For only $2,000 pesos ($4 USD) it was worth the time and the money.  We set sail in a tiny little raggedy motorboat.  The smell of the ocean and the sound of seagulls made it not a mere ride around an island, but a High Sea Adventure.  The captain of the small vessel was a spry jovial old barnacle that moved about the boat effortlessly, rocking the boat repeatedly giving all the passengers a stir.  She rows the boat out to deep water and for a second I thought she was going to row us around the entire island.  I thought, “If this lady can row us around the island in 30 minutes then she is one tough old bird.'’ Before the thought could get out of my head she starts the engine and I breathed a sigh of relief.

The view from my plank-like seat was breath taking.  Our boat cut through the calmness of the ocean like a hot knife through butter.  We wave as we pass other boats packed with other tourist who were enjoying a beautiful Sunday at sea.  Pelicans and other sea birds dance on the top of the water in flocks relaxing in the sun and drinking in the atmosphere.  We are guided to the left, and out guide points out some houses that seem to be standing on Stilts.  She says the ocean has been known rise to the highest level of those houses.  We asked what the people did when waters got that high, and her reply was, “The move to higher ground and wait for the storm to pass.” 

We pass a ship and resting on the plank was a sea lion.  We could not believe it, out of all the things we expected to see, a sea lion was not one of them.  We are given more information of the history of this area and as we were returning back to port we spot a group of sea lions swimming beside our boat.  I think they wanted to race, and from the sound of the engine I knew who would be on the losing end of that stick. 

After we dock and have lunch at the hotel.  After lunch we head back into the city because Eliana wanted to bring Raul a gift.  Since Eliana was here with me, Raul had the privilege of stay in home alone with Eliana’s mother ALONE!  He calls her Monton de Aņo (pronounced:  Moan-tone day-On-yo – Means mountain of years).  It is always funny to me that he would compare her age with a Mountain.   We walk, walk, and walk some more.  Finally Eliana find the fish market she was looking for.  Raul loves seafood and this place has some of the best seafood in Chile.

We walked so much, and now the sun has set, and the street lights are on, to illumination our path.  We had a full day and we need to go home and prepare for the upcoming week.  We drop Eliana off at the bus station.  It was kind of strange leaving her alone.  I have seen her every day for the past month and it will miss her.  My new companions tell me how nice and sweet she is and wishes their host mom was more like her.

I am working at the Instituto Puerto Montt.  The best part of working here this week is the students are funny, energetic and eager to learn.  Best of all they speak English very well so it is a little easier to teach them. We were supposed to have 60 students but only 20 students showed up on the first day, 4 more showed up on the second day and on the third day we received 8 more.  We decided to divide the students into 2 groups.  Fransisco and I taught one group and Lisa and Karen taught the other.  On the second day our lesson was to teach about physical and personal traits.    We made a list of words that would expand the student’s vocabulary.  We had several activities to test the student’s comprehension of the vocabulary words.  I decided that they should write a paragraph to describe themselves using the vocabulary words.  The following are those paragraphs and photos of the students, the vocabulary words are underlined:

Hi, my name is Pilar and I am 16 years old.  I like to listen to music, dance, clean my room and go out with my friends.  I go to Pedro Aguirre Cerda School.  I live in Puerto Varas, Chile.  I am very active, flirtatious, friendly, but sometimes I am timid and introverted with some people.

My name is Patricio Molina I am 16 years old.  I like to go out with friends, play video games, make money with trading cards and listening to music.  I live in Puerto Montt, Chile.  I am very crazy at school that is why in my class my classmates call me “the crazy one.” I drink coffee it can make me be active and excited.

I’m Cony, I’m from Puerto Mott, Chile.  I’m 16 years old, but I look younger.  I’m short and slender.  I have bluish eyes and light brown hair.  With people I’m very friendly, extraverted, and like to have lots of fun.  I love to read and watching movies, but on sunny days I rather go out with my friends.

Hi, my name is Benjamin Pinochet, and I’m 17 years old.  I like to hang out with my friends and do some exercises.  I go to Colegio Domingo Santa Maria.  I live in Puerto Montt, Chile.  I am very outgoing and socializing.  I’m not shy at all on the contrary, I’m kind of friendly.

My name is Scarlet.  I am 16 years old.  I like to swim, and also listen to music.  I go to the Colegio Solesiano  Puerto Montt.  I live in Puerto Montt, Chile.  I am very Hyper active and sociable. 

My name is Daniel Perez and I am 18 years old.  I like to play pool with my friends.  I go to the Santo Tomas Colegio.  I live in Puerto Montt, Chile.  I am very,very, very happy .  On other occasions I am extraverted because I do a lot of things.  I am timid with my girlfriend and very jealous.

My name is Claudia, I am 16 years old. I like to be on the computer, listen to music, watching TV and movies and hanging out with friends. I go the Santa Marta School and I live in Osorno, Chile.  I am a little shy, I’m not very active, sometimes the people tell me I’m introverted, but when I’m with my friends I’m very extraverted.

My name is Gabriel, I’m 15 years old.  I’m not very tall, am lazy and sleepy.  I’m kinda shy, and I’m not hairy at all.  I go to Liceo de Hombres School in Puerto Montt, Chile.  In my free time I like to watch great movies, go out with friends and I love listening to Movies that I like.

My name is Claudia.  I am 17 years old.  I like to dance, listen to music, and cook.  I go to the instituto Politechico Maria Auxiliadora.  I live in Puerto Montt, Chile.  I am very extroverted, shallow, and stunning.

My name is Juan Guillermo Obando, Chile and I am 17 years old.  I like hanging out with friends, having coffee, going to the cinema, Math, Calculus, Physics and English.  I go to San Mateo School.  I live in Osorno and I’m crazy sometimes, smart, and timid sometimes if I have to speak in public. I mean I am introverted and extraverted depending on the context.

My name is Katerine.  I am sixteen years old.  I like to play handball and listen to music.  I go to Instituto Politechico Maria Auxiliadora.  I live in Puerto Montt, Chile.  I am very timid and active

They are really great kids and I will miss them when I leave.  They are so different from the students in Parral.  They so interested in learning and they are not afraid to ask questions and if they get an answer wrong they don’t feel ashamed.  There is a Talent show on Saturday, and I am sure I will have more to write about them before I leave this week.

Thank you so much for your time and I hope you enjoyed this entry.  Until next time my friends try to learn something new today, and don’t worry about the mistakes just enjoy the experience.  Mistakes are a part of the learning process.  If you are a STUDENT of LIFE each new day will bring a new lesson.

Chao and Muchos Besos.
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