Well, I made it! Day one is over and I am feeling pretty good! My students are really nice and I really like my Intermediate I class. They are funny. I was a little nervous going into my first class today but as soon as it started I felt at ease. I don't know what I was worried about. I like speaking in front of people and I love when my students (aka clients or learners according to Maximo Nivel) get the vocab word or concept. One student today asked what even though meant and eventually asked if "in spite of" would work. Yes, yes it would. It was great!
In between my morning classes (7-10am) I went on an apartment hunt. (Afternoon classes are from 5-8pm.) The first place I tried to find was a failure. I hope that tomorrow I can reach the woman so she can meet me and walk with me to her place. The other place I went to see is a 2 bedroom and he is asking $175 a month if I find a roommate and $250 if I am by myself. There is no way I can afford that. That's more than half my paycheck. Haha. Gives you a good idea how far the dollar goes here. I talked to a co-worker who said she is in a place that costs S/ 400.00 which is roughly $143. I am going to check it out tomorrow. It does have going for it that it is so close to work and the plaza. We'll have to see. I want to keep my options open but I am also really needing to find a place. I need to move out of the Family House by Friday if I don't want to have to pay the extra money per day.
After classes today I went to a place called the Real McCoy which just so happened to be hosting the South American Explorer's Club quiz night. Perfect! I knew I joined that organization for reason. I only had to pay 3 soles instead of 5 to partake along with a few of my co-workers. I'm going to have to hang out at the clubhouse a bit when I'm needing a break from Maximo.
It is 10:40pm which is past my bedtime. I wake up at 10 to 6am so I can use all the sleep I can get. What's really nice is that there is no reason for me to have to stay up late when I have all day to plan for the following morning or mornings for that matter. I am planning on getting week long lesson plans done over the weekends which will make life even easier. Having 3 different levels of classes is a bit overwhelming but a good challenge. I managed to elicit all the vocabulary words from them without using Spanish. It's so hard not to use Spanish when I know it would just be easier for them to understand the meaning of the word if I did. I do say yes if they say it in Spanish, as long as I wasn't the one who offered the word. :)
Off to bed I go.