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Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.

~ John Dewey

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Second to last week

We are very busy and keep getting behind on our blog. Partly because we get up really early for Spaniards (at 6:30 or 7:00) so that we can swim in the mornings when there are fewer people and partly because it is so hot that we haven't wanted to turn on another electronic device and have it warm up our room. To catch up-- we went kayaking last Friday on the river here in Sevilla.

We got a map from the center that was supposed to direct us to where we were kayaking. BUT it was inaccurate and we ended up walking in circles around a park looking for the dock. We ended up calling the other person in our program who was supposed to kayak with us and he said that he was sending the guide over to "save us". It was a James Bond style save that was captured on video. The guide drove up in his inflatable boat and Haley and I rode in the front of the boat to the dock we were supposed to be. Then, we kayaked up and down the river. It was much cooler than walking and we enjoyed seeing the river from a different view. Unfortunately, the guide wasn't very good at taking pictures even though he had us pose several times. It turns out our other friend got better pictures from one of the bridges.

This week we have been busy with Playschool. We taught a joint lesson where we listened to a song titled "What do you see in the sky?"  The song described clouds that looked like animals (the children were learning about weather and animals). Then, we read Little Cloud by Eric Carle and each child made their own clouds that looked like animals and then wrote about it and shared with the class. Despite it being the last hour of class where the children get insanely rowdy, it went really well. We are going to miss the children when we have to leave at the end of the week next week.

In other news, we  met T's intercambio for froyo and went to an Italian Baroque classical music concert at the Alcazar. It was located in the beautiful gardens and was a cultural event that we can now check off our list. We also saw Magic Mike in Spanish (the best part- aside from the air conditioning- was that the songs were in English and that the others watching were making fun of the actors). Tonight, we will say goodbye to people finishing Summer Term 2 who are not doing the education practicum. Tomorrow, we leave at 6:00 AM to see Granada. 

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