|Ballet with Hayron. This class destroyed me.|
|Sunrise from Carol's apartment|
|Photoshoot with Carol! Was hilarious. Haha.|
I unfortunately had to say goodbye to Carol early. Her classes ended earlier than she had anticipated, so she decided to head home. It was so sad saying goodbye! I came to Amanda's, which was quite a hike going to work. I sympathize completely with Anne, who has had an even longer commute into the city, and she's been doing it everyday since she arrived! At least for me, it was just two days of commuting.
Today was my last day of work! I gave a short class, adding some more practice to my abbreviated unit on understanding directions. It was just a front though. They wanted to get me out of the way so they could organize a little party! There was a lot of food, coffee, and juice, and we all took loads of photos and gave various speeches (in Portuguese of course!) about the past month and a half. I almost cried. It was so sweet! They gave me a present with chocolate, a big card, a bilingual Bible (it's a Christian organization), a t-shirt of the company... It was really special.
|The group! Mais ou menos|
|A nice card|
I know I'm going to have some hard "reverse culture shock" when I get home. I'm going to try and relax and just enjoy the next 2 weeks of travel, but I do really feel sad already! My job here in Goiania was a dream. As hard as it was at times working alone with 0 oversight, my students were awesome, and I felt appreciated, valued, and respected. I need that in a job. If I'm just another face in the crowd, where people really don't give a damn whether I lived or died, it's really hard on me, especially when I work as hard as I do. I hope in Spain I have the same kind of warm, supportive community that I found here.
Oh, good news! Marlan and I got together again yesterday to do another photoshoot! Here are the iPhone previews.
More to come!