New Law

I got a job offer at a hotel in Cancun (Dreams).  Yes, it would entail doing the lovely timeshare that we all know and love. 🙂 haha  Anyway, it is something that I can do in the mean time to make some money and meet new people.  I was very excited until I heard about this new law that Mexico is enforcing.  It states that as of Oct 6th(?) people here cannot go from a tourist visa to a working visa.  One must be hired before entering the country…So, what that means for me is that I must leave the country(which I’m doing anyway) and then be hired by a Mexican consulate.  I don’t know how difficult this will be and it has me a little concerned.  The job I had before(as a teacher) I wouldn’t have a problem, but I’m pretty sure there are Mexicans that could do this job.  I totally understand and hope everything works out.  If it doesn’t then I will stay here as a tourist for a while and then?  Life is crazy!!

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Bono-school mascot

In the US (at least where I’m from) it is fairly common that many animals aren’t allowed at school.  Usually administrators are worried about children having allergies or safety issues.  Sometimes on a workday teachers would sneak their dog in and we would have a little “dog play day.”

What is cool about the school where I work, my boss’ dog (Bono) comes to work with her.  Yes, Bono, like the singer from U2.  He is laid back and very smart(he responds in 2 languages). 🙂  He sometimes visits with the teachers or sneaks into the air conditioning.  I absolutely love dogs and it makes me miss my dog (Lily) even more…she might have to come back with me during Christmas?  I hope so.

Bono

Lily

The road to school…

As in any other place in the world, there are bad roads in Cancun.  The street next to my school was badly in need of repairs.  The city finally agreed to fix the street about 1 month before school started.  They said it would be done in time for school to start.  The problem with this is that Mexico is a little different in many ways… there are things that can interfere when getting projects/major construction done.  One is that once you decide you are going to dig up something, other city departments decide they would like to take advantage of this.  SO, they decided to put in new water drainage pipes AND cable/telephone cables THEN do the road.  Another thing that can get in the way of major construction here is weather.  Recently we had hurricane Ernesto go through the area…that did not help.  I’m no expert in construction, but if I had to guess, I would say that it’s not very likely that this road will be done in time(August 20th).  They can’t have 300+ kids walking to school from far away and having parents drop them off at a busy street.  This should be interesting…They (directors) said if it’s not done in time, they will have to postpone the start of school.  What do you think?  Do you think this will be done in a few days?  It’s taken them about a month to get this far…

the hike to school

Welcome to the Jungle!

Wow, there is never a dull moment around here…whether it’s trying to tell someone something and don’t know the word/words to communicate, not knowing my way around or many people, ocean view, different culture, and ANIMALS!

The road right next to my work(school) is finally doing repairs and digging up the whole road.  No cars can really get through, so most teachers have to park at the end of the road and walk about 10 minutes to school.  On the way out today just laying on the road was a TARANTULA(dead-thank God).  I asked the teachers I was walking with if it was real because I had never seen one outside of a cage…I knew that it was, but it almost didn’t look real!

Today while setting up my classroom, some of the building maintenance guys were going around and setting up bulletin boards(made out of cardboard).  All of a sudden I looked, and there was this little tiny guy crawling around my classroom.  I almost stepped on it, thinking it was a bug, but the way it moved I thought it might be something else…good thing I didn’t.  Look at him!  Isn’t he cute?!  The worker caught him for me (he was fast and I thought I might smoosh him).  He put him by one of the trees in the school…he’ll be back to visit, I’m sure 🙂  I will have to think of a name…any ideas?

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1st day of Work!

School doesn’t start until August 20th, but today was the first day of work.  It went really well!

They(administrators) warned me that they didn’t have many supplies and the supplies they did have aren’t as nice as US(tape not as sticky, etc).  Today I learned that the cork in bulletin boards doesn’t do well here, so we used cardboard!

Also, when going around and doing introductions…I was the only one that didn’t speak Spanish!  Many of the teachers speak English though.  I felt a little nervous and didn’t want to be the only one to give my intro in English, but oh well.  I will learn!

Right away this morning in another teacher’s classroom, there was a huge cockroach!  Awwww!!!

The staff was very warm and welcoming!  I’m so excited to be here!!

This will definitely be a year where it might be a toss up between who learns more…my students or me? 🙂  teasing!