Sunday, October 27, 2013

The General

Sundays definitely suck less when the upcoming workweek ends two days early. Thursday and Friday are holidays here in Chile (not because of Halloween) so that means we get an extra long weekend. Sounds good to me. 

Another thing that sounds good? Live music. For music video Sunday here's Dispatch singing The General. Only one of my favorite songs ever. 


Okay prepare for on onslaught of late posts. October has been a busy month. The month started with the celebration of the German festival, Karneval. Students were separated into one of five groups: costumes, masks, dance, music and floats. The teachers were also assigned to different groups to help the students with the various tasks. I worked with the students in the mask group. We spent three days helping the students create masks for themselves and their friends in other groups. At the end of the third day we walked in a short parade through town. We all dressed up in different costumes and walked along side the two floats. The kids definitely had a blast. 

Obviously no German celebration would be complete without someone dressed in a beer costume...


...or a giant pretzel.

Some of the teachers before we left for the parade.

A group of students and teachers. I'm the one in black standing next to the devil. I'm the cat. Not the woman in blackface on the other side of the devil. 

And of course, the English department. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Post About Vampires

So today in 7th grade English we were reading an article in the book about Bono. It mentioned that he worked with a charity dealing with AIDS in Africa. I asked my students if they knew what AIDS was. They didn't at first, but when I told them the acronym in Spanish they knew what it was. One student raised her hand and of all things this is what she asked:

"Miss, if a vampire bites someone with AIDS will they die?"

Just ignore Tom. He ruins everything.
So a normal person would probably just dismiss a question like this. But I am not a normal person. So I told her I didn't think so because vampires don't suffer from diseases. Unless that disease is the sun. Or getting your head ripped off. (I am so that teacher.)

A few minutes later she raised her hand and asked an equally important follow up question.

"Miss, if a vampire bites a zombie will he die?"

They should kill everyone off and rename it "The Daryl Show". I'd watch that. Happily.
I told her that vampires would never want to bite a zombie. Vampires are simply not that stupid.