Archive for July, 2009

In Bogotá

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I made it!

I’ve been spending my time getting my bearings in town.

I’m staying at the home of the school’s director and her husband for a few days while we figure out more permanent housing.  A number of other teachers from the school also live in this neighborhood, which you can see in this picture from my bedroom for the next few days:View from my current bedroom

We went north of town to a couple of cities today, and I had my first Colombian hot chocolate:

Chocolate

I found out that Colombians often put cheese in their hot chocolate! It’s not as strange as it sounds: the tastes don’t mix into each other, and the cheese basically stays stuck to itself.  As you drink your hot chocolate, you scoop the melting cheese out with your spoon to eat it.

I got to take a tour of El Camino Academy today and was able to see the computer lab I’ll be teaching in.  It’s quite a nice setup.  Here’s a little tour of the lab:

I went to a mall this evening with a couple of other new teachers and the high school principal and his family. The mall is built in an old hacienda.  I didn’t get a picture of it (when was the last time you took a picture of a mall?), but I took a picture of the building across the street:

Skyscraper

I hope you are all doing well.

Mark