I don't really know if anyone reads this (except for you Linda, and Grandma and Grandpa!) but that is okay :)
I have been making cards all morning. I LOVE doing that. I made some really cute ones with cardstock that I bought from Joann's fabrics. I used blank cards and went to town. Also, today I bought some shoes for a 2 kids in a family that our small group is adopting for Christmas...
I still love teaching although it is really hard. The parents are so challenging at times and the kids will sometimes suck the patience right out of me. Yet, through prayer I am able to rely on God and HIS love for me- which I can give to others.
Hooray for HIM changing me!!
And I will be an aunt.
Yessssssssss. I love babies. :)
I am a 1st grade teacher at Milpitas Christian School in San Jose, California. I am so excited and I LOVE my job.
Spending time with 19 6 year-olds is so much fun... and a challenge too! My colleagues are wonderful and I am so supported. I have so much to learn about teaching and they are really helpful. I am also pumped that I am able to use what I learned in student teaching and at Whitworth to help me!
Yessss. It is great.
-Miss Auer (although some say Mrs. Auer or simply Teacher) :)
Here are some crazy translations:
Kindergarten- jardin de ninos. (garden of children??)
Honeymoon- luna de miel (moon of honey?? it does not really make sense because it is talking about honey like a nickname not the food!)
puchika... I thought I would have more. oh well.
okay! here are some pictures!
(they are invisible... the internet loves me!)
experiencing 2 flat tires in one day (one on a mototaxi and one on a bus)
being a translator for a friend in a foreign hospital
hearing gunshots from our house
petting a guacamaya (macaw!)
seeing a joint
and teaching a university level English class
oh yeah. this trip has been great!
I hope each of you is doing well! I am in the computer lab at school and the internet is being really slow/ not working… so I am writing this in a word document and then I will transfer it over to my blog when the internet starts to work for me!
So, we went to the Copan Ruins this past weekend! Deb and Brian (awesome teachers here who are from the states) took us and we had an incredible time!! We left Friday right after school and took a bus to San Pedro. The bus was suuuper crowded at first, but it got less crowded as we kept going on. The bus stopped a lot along the highway at small villages to drop people off and pick new people up. There are no formal bus stops here, just places where people will stand! (There are a few big bus terminals in the country, though.) We got into San Pedro and got a ticket to Copan. This bus was a lot nicer and we were thankful to have a bit of breathing room and comfier seats.
We got into Copan at around 630pm and dropped our stuff off at the Blue Iguana, which is a really neat hostel. It was 100L a night so that was incredible! 5 bucks for a safe place to stay! We left to find Comedor Mary, where we ate for the evening. I had a pupusa (which I won in a bet between the 4 of us!) and the one I got was filled with pollo. It was really good- a small kinda fried tortilla filled with a veggie or meat. I also ordered catrachas, which were huge tortilla chips with frijoles y queso on top. We all split anafre, which is a bowl of frijoles y quesillo with tortilla chips sticking out the top. That bowl is heated by a candle underneath! My meal was about 3 dollars (including my cappuchino!)… food is really good and pretty inexpensive here!
On Saturday we definitely rode horses to this small aldea (little village with a few houses)! The ride was so fun- our horses walked, trotted, and galloped! Wow! They made corn husk dolls there and the girls were so pushy and surrounded us almost the whole time! They were cute when you talked to them… but they kept asking and asking and asking! It actually got to be kind of funny! We hiked up to a few rocks that they Mayans carved into and Berto was a great guide as he explained lots of things to us. We then had coffee and cookies in a small house/hut and talked with the cute kids there. Then we went to a small restaurant that overlooked the valley and we could see the city of Copan as well as some ruins! It was gorgeous.
We rode back (galloping a lot of the way!) and then we took a mototaxi to GUATEMALA!!!!!!!!! We took pictures and it was lots of fun. Then we went shopping at some of the stores they had there. There were about 824 hippies lining the streets with their cool jewelry they made! It was neat to see all of the creative things they made themselves!!! I wish I was that talented. We had baleadas for dinner (which is what we had our first night in Sigua) and mine had chicken and egg inside. Brian described it well… eating two generations at one time. Later that night we went to a circus, and I don’t think that I would be able to even start to describe that experience.
For Sunday morning breakfast we had licuados or coffee with some trail mix, dried fruit, and nuts Caitlin and I brought! (Thanks Mom!) We started walking to the ruins and this family in a pick-up truck stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride! Okay!!! We got in the back of their truck and had a free ride to the ruins, which was not too far away. We walked around and saw all of the neat structures the Mayans had built. We went exploring, climbed up a wall, went behind the “No Pasar” sign, uncovered ancient Mayan ruins, and stuff like that.
Shoot. Kids have class in here next. I gotta go. Enjoy the pics.
We are here in Siguatepeque, where we will spend 3 weeks!
We ate some fruit loops this morning, along with fruit cake/cinnamon roll. It was pretty good! We packed up and Silvia came to the bed and breakfast to take us to the bus station. I am glad she was there to help with getting the ticket, putting the bags under... she is wonderful and is the director of the school. We had a beautiful 2 hour bus ride and it was so fun to look out the window and listen to music.
Carla picked us up at the cafeteria where we were dropped off, and she took us to Luis and Abby's home. They are WONDERFUL and Luis knows some English. We talked with him for a while over Honduran coffee (so good... not as strong as coffee in the US) and we asked him a lot of questions after dinner. We ate at about 8pm here (I was so hungry) and it was baleadas... I think! They made the tortillas and put beans, mantequilla (their sour cream kinda), and queso that looks like feta kinda. It was so good. We both had 3. Some friends of theirs came over and Cait and I played games with Jenny and Kelly (Swap, landa (tag)...) It was super fun. They are so cute. We have been speaking English and Spanish and learning lots of new words and learning about the culture here.
The climate is much better here. It is pretty much perfect. San Pedro was kinda humid... and it is really nice here. You can wear a tank top and pants (or a skirt) and be comfortable throughout the day. I am on a laptop right now in their family room and I think we will be able to use this! Yeah!! Okay... I am going to get my pajamas on and let Caitlin use the computer. Love love love.
PS We have church tomorrow (Iglesia Betel)... I am looking forward to it!
I found a way to smile... this keyboard is different but here you go... :). Yessss.
The last time I wrote, I was about to ask Caitlin about paying for a taxi ride to the lake...
This is Pulhanpanzak (I think that is how it is spelled). We walked down lower where it was super misty!!! It was so beautiful... It would have been fun to have friends and family there.... we have mist you all!
We were at Hotel Finca de Las Glorias on the lake and we saw this guy! I asked if we could take his picture. He said no. I did anyway. He was pissed.
Caitlin and Gabriella
PS Here is an awkward pic of us and our nicey nice taxi driver. His name is Jose and we had fun talking with him all day.
So when I joked that I had gotten 35 bites sitting at the computer desk, I thought I was being random with my HUGE number. Unfortunately, I was not. This morning I counted 31 bites on my legs. I have since found more. Greeeaaaaat. Well, I forget where I left off, but yesterday Cait and I went to two malls that are super close to each other. There were some stores and restaurants we recognized... such as Subway, Pizza Hut, and Tommy Hilfiger. There was a movie theather on the top floor, and it was only L60 to watch a movie! L stands for Lempira, the currency here, and it is about 20 Lempiras to the US dollar!! There were guards standing outside of some of the stores, as well as lots of guards on bikes circling the mall. Coolp. We bought Quiznos for dinner and walked back to our bed and breakfast. We put the food in the fridge for dinner. Showers and internet time followed... and we watched some random things on the TV. There are some channels that are totally in Spanish, some that are in English with Spanish subtitles, some that are American shows or movies that have Spanish dubbed over, and some are just in English. I saw part of Get Smart and ALIAS that had Spanish dubbed over... and we watched House and Friends in English. Then we ate dinner in the cutie courtyard outside.
This morning, we got up and ate breakfast. It was an omelet, beans, toast, and two piles of something white. Hmmmm. We had some coffee that was grown here in Honduras and that was delicious. Now I am on the computer and the man who works at the desk is trying to find us a way to get to Lake Yojoa... He told me it would be $150 to have a tour of the lake and the city... and then he told me $120 for just the lake plus a waterfall and hotel thing. I told him that was too much............. so now he tells me $100 is the cheapest. I am going to go ask Caitlin now. I hope each of you is doing well. Comment on here or email me or facebook or whatever. I would LOVE to hear from you.
In His grace,
I am here ¨? Let´s just say that it´s a smiley face... this keyboard is weird and that is the face it makes when I try. Oh well. I got to Houston, spent the night at my wonderful Grandparents´home (after a delicious meal) and then off to the airport at 6am! Caitlin and I met up and flew over together. We were both pretty tired and slept some. We arrived and went through customs, got all our luggage, and were picked up my nice Juan Carlos! He totally had our names on a sign!! ¡Yes! How cool that this keyboard has upside down exclamation marks. Oh yeah.
okay. There has been a mosquito biting my legs. There was another one and he copied the first. What a biter. I bave approximately 35 bites. Gotta go. Love love love.