It's probably not a bad idea, but I never feel like I'm working except when I'm in language school three days a week! For some reason, I got placed in the Advanced-Advanced Spanish Class and at first I wanted to transfer out (immediately), but the only way you can grow in a language is to be in a class with 20-somethings that speak 100 times better than you do. So I've hung in there and most of my days are either writing and speaking in Spanish or studying to catch up on what I missed in the other four levels.
On Saturday I teach the Advanced Conversational Class at CEDEI which is actually the class that I'm taking in Spanish, so it's been a perfect match in that regard. My students are amazing and range from 14 to 60 years of age, so it's been a challenge to keep them all engaged.
The hotel is undergoing renovation which will include a conference center. However, I'm a little disappointed after checking out the model inside the hotel; it looks more like a "hospital" in its appearance. The decorative brick is being replaced with a drab cement exterior. I'll reserve final judgment until I see the finished product, but I already miss the colonial look and feel of the building--especially the terracotta tile roof.
There's a lot of construction going on in Cuenca and it's hard to miss--even with our busy schedules. There are about 50 building projects going on around the city. Some are mere holes in the ground and others are nearing completion with folks moving in already. It's amazing to look at the landscape and see how quickly it has changed. This morning when we walked across the parking lot, one of my favorite views disappeared from sight as a new condo building put up the next level. Our apartment still has a view of the Tomebamba River and the Cajas Mountains, so we have been spared for now!
Until next time...hasta luego!
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