Sunday, March 01, 2015

weekend break

hello from airport Toncotin!  I was supposed to leave at 1:00 pm and then out of houston to okc at 5:30pm.. BUT alas. our flight has been delayed arriving.... so NOW I am sitting around the airport with a very nice old missionary couple who hope to go back to Mexico tomorrow.
our departure is now going to be hopefully 2:55 or 3:30ish... and then the flight lasts just under 3 hours. SO I hope if I get back by say 6 or 7, then I can find a later flight to OKC at 8 or 9. crossing fingers here and praying to God!  I've flown back late to OKC before out of Houston so I know they have later flights I just hope that they have seats open on those flights. sigh.
my college cancelled classes Saturday due to snow and weather, it was a high of 37 today in OKC so I'm gussing the roads have cleared up enough for classes tomorrow. no more snow is forecast today so yup, I'll be back in classes. :)
the weather here has been BEAUTIFUL all weekend. very nice, the mountain air has been amazing and I've slept SO well each night.  after arriving down here THurs and meeting up with some former staff at the airport, my former boss who is now director of the school picked up up in a few vans and we make our way through the city and to Wendy's for lunch. sorry I know that doesn't sound exotic but it's quick and easy and familiar!  eventually made it back to the campus and said hi to more people, met new staff and teachers living in our old apartments..... after school got out, my hosts a married couple I worked with here and now help run the school took me home. I met a former students out for dinner later at this restaurant , supposedly the best 5 star place in Central America! ha they took me out for dinner and I got to meet her husband and baby. Great night!!! a view of the city below and excellent food etc.
Friday and went up to campus and met a former friend and teacher from the school and I brought a bunch of school supplies with me and distributed them to the teachers' mail boxes. I walked all over campus, saw old friends and greeting staff that continue to work there over the years... watched the students events (they had a half day field day).  anyway, eventually ate a lunch at the cafeteria and after all the students left, I walked down the road back to where I was staying, beautiful house, stopped off at the market store for bananas and Zambos chips.  took a bit of a nap I think and then waited for us to all leave for a big formal banquet dinner at 5pm. we let at 5 the dinner was at 6:30 which means in the culture here, a program and no dinner until 8:30pm. ha  again saw former students and staff.  One student I gave his mom a big hug and was amazed how much Spanish came back to me as we laughed and talked about everything, her sone came later because he'd been in surgery all day.  I taught him 7th and 8th grade and was very close to his class.  We hugged and spoke and caught up. he's a surgeon now here and will consider going to mexico to study to become a heart surgery specialist.  I told him I would be praying for his hands! was so great.
late night and back home up the mountain above the capitol city to where the school and teachers live.
Saturday, I called a private taxi which came up the hill to pick me up and take me downtown. These tasis were recommended because of the new danger here of regualr taxies and getting mugged. they are unmakred plain looking cars.  I called the service and in my best Spanish arranged for them to come pick me up at kilometer 9 by 9:30 am, ha and said just look for the only gringo standing on the street there. went downtown to busy central park, El Centro! I met a former student there at the national museum where they have a little sidewalk carfe, we cuaght up for a while then walked around el centro. (this is the same girl I met up while I was in Barcelona in 2008).  great time. she called the taxi service for me this time and by 12:30 I was in another car driving back up the hill.  the teachers when you live here, can't use such an expensive service althoughsafe and convenient. it cost about $15 but that's a lot when you are paid in the local money. most of them will use busses or buy cars or go with other teachers who buy cars.
a blast! well  Imade it back up the hill and was at the school for the days' events. last all afternoon up til about 6pm and then we went downtown to CHILI's for dinner.
hey I think my plane is boarding.ciao todos!

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