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Jan 16, 2020 - Playa El Tunco

Last night we went to Pasquales, a high end Italian restaurant just 4-5 blocks walk. Besides an excellent meal, we met Pasquales, the owner. He is a very nice gentleman who speaks only Spanish. It was past 9p when we wandered home along mostly quiet streets. Today we left by private car to go to Playa El Tunco. It had been one of the places considered when choosing a place for New Years. It was not as expected although the drive down the volcan was spectacular. At Puerto Liberdad we turned north along the beach...lined with resorts. For a...

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Jan 15, 2020 - San Salvador

Mon. before we left Leon, we went to the Revolutionary Museum. It was interesting as it took us from before the time of William Walker from Tennessee in the 1800's through the Sandinista times to present day. June 20, 1979 stays in my mind as the day Samosa was defeated along with the USA. Nicaragua had its freedom. We were taken out on a red tin roof to view the city. It was decrepit looking. And I held on tight....to the tour guide's hand! He must still have the imprints of my fingers. Others walked about freely. Gord says there was...

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Dec 7, 2015 - 12-6-15 Perquín Trip

The Perquín Trip We had such a good weekend, enjoying people, sites and cool weather; and we had barely returned to San Miguel before we were already too hot! Our friends, Rosie and Herberdh, were non-stop interpreters and advisors for us four T2T volunteers. Without their help we would have seen only surfaces and lacked understanding of what the sites symbolize. More than just telling about the beautiful scenery, and the interesting places we visited, I hope the pictures will give you a feeling of being in a new and sometimes VERY foreign...

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Dec 4, 2015 - 12-4-15 Friday

12-4-15 Friday The end of the week already! My day started early with a SKYPE conference with a friend who will be doing an interview next week for a position as GEM Policy Advisor with IOSCO, the International Securities Commission, officed in Spain. She asked me to make up some interview questions so she could practice her English. She really seems to know her stuff, so I hope the interview goes well and she gets the job. Today's workshop included quick activities for grammar, editing, and vocabulary but mainly focused on the simulated...

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Dec 3, 2015 - 12-3-15 Thursday

12-3-15 Thursday We have a luxurious beginning to our days – exercise, shower, breakfast, relax, go for a walk… all because we’re really not on duty until 12:15pm. Of course, there is a little “homework” to be done at night (or in the morning if it doesn’t get finished at night) but the team makes it light work. Today zipped by with “centers” which means activities that stay in the same place but where groups of participants rotate through. The activities prepare everyone for a simulated street market being held tomorrow. We have time for 4...

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Dec 2, 2015 - 12-2-15 Wednesday

12-2-15 Wednesday Good morning! We had a new participant this morning so I went over for the 9:00 class to meet her and fill in the morning bilingual instructor as to what was going on. The woman has recently been hired by UNIVO, and although she has excellent test scores in English, she needs preparation in methodology. This was a special request from the Décana and we’re honored to be asked to provide her with her first training. Of course we said ‘Yes.’ Today, both in the morning and at noon, we played “Find the custodian with the key.”...

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Dec 1, 2015 - 12-1-15 Tuesday

12-1-15 Tuesday Everywhere we go, we meet friends, teachers, and students from past years. Several climb to the 5th floor to greet us. We feel so welcomed! This first day passed in a blur – what a great beginning! We had 2 no-shows, but UNIVO traded in another one of their students/teachers, and we took a person from our wait list, so the 30 chairs are full. Of course, now things arise – tomorrow 5 of the teachers are taking a national exam required to graduate and get a license as a teacher, the TOEFL, so they’ll be gone. Others are still...

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Nov 30, 2015 - 11-30-15 Monday

11-30-15 Monday Of course the day starts with our breakfast buffet – typical Salvadoran food plus usual staples like fresh fruit. All 5 of us were there so it was a nice conversation. A Salvadoran man at the next table overheard us talking about charts in the paper referring to the popularity of current and past presidents. When he joined the conversation, he turned out to be a US citizen truck driver from the states, visiting his brother. He said he had opinions about the US government but he has given up on Salvadoran politics. We settled...

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Nov 29, 2015 - 11-29-15 Sunday

11-29-15 Sunday A new week, and the beginning of the next adventure. I really should go back to some things from yesterday – I must have been tired and forgot to put them in the journal… First, when the driver brought me back to San Salvador, it turned out he didn’t know exactly where the Villa Serena was located. We came through a part of the city I was unfamiliar with, but suddenly there was Parque Cuscutlán so we had to be close. Some of you will be shocked, but I gave the driver directions right up to the hotel door. Second, the...

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Nov 28, 2015 - 11-28-15 Saturday

11-28-15 Saturday The driver, Elmer, (who speaks no English) was early picking me up from the Casa Grande so we were on the road from San Miguel back to San Salvador in plenty of time to avoid street closures. We had a little conversation on the way, but mostly I was glad when he focused on the road because there were a lot of aggressive drivers out there. Everything is boxed up and ready to load in the UNIVO van tomorrow. All of the team is here except the last member who arrives tomorrow morning. If all goes well, she’ll be here on time...

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Nov 27, 2015 - 11-27-15 Friday

11-27-15 Friday Well this has been an unusual day to say the least. It began with an earthquake about 5am – not serious, thank goodness! Then in anticipation of the big Carnival!! weekend that begins this evening, the entire major route of Roosevelt Avenue was shut down. My driver friend went miles trying to find a way across it. It was true gridlock because cars that usually parked along narrow side streets now were impediments as truck and buses tried to maneuver their way through. There was an ambulance, of course – I’m thankful I was...

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Nov 26, 2015 - 11-26-15 Thursday

11-26-15 Thursday Today was “drama day,” although it sometimes seems that EVERY day is drama day! We practiced an easy level of acting where the whole group takes the part of each character in a story as it is read aloud to them. Jack and the Beanstalk was a good example. Other bilingual fairy tales became the basis of stories the small groups then read and turned into scripts for plays. Performances will be tomorrow ☺ After today’s presentations on lesson planning and classroom management, I have just 1 more lecture and 1 more...

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