Today was our most accomplished day at Almeria, and to top it off, Mads and I finally ate dinner in style — with some flavor that is. We started the day by feeding our ducklings, who are sadly down to 30 (we think, it’s hard to count them), but are slowly starting to come around now that there are regular feedings. Still, we lost one overnight, whom Mads and I had named Salvester just yesterday. He was easy to pick out because he was acting sort of drunk, wobbling at the food dish and closing one eye at a time, sort of unfortunately winking at the others. Yep, Salvester wasn’t cut out for Almeria, and we fed him to the hungry chanchos this afternoon.

But we couldn’t grieve Salvester all day, and Mads and I headed up to the school to teach our second- and first-graders after lunch. As usual for these two grades we were met with intense enthusiasm, followed by a swiftly dwindling attention span, especially after our short video on fruits concluded.

After class we managed to snag just about every big kid and shove a survey in their hands. Last week Mads and I had come up with a list of questions regarding the future of Almeria that we wanted to ask the parents of our kids. Hopefully this questionnaire will give us some guidance on what projects to revive or initiate at Almeria, as well as the school.

And lastly, after the last kid shuffled through our school gates, Mads and I picked up our really dull pick-ax and headed down to the old duck house to get started on fixing the front door. In order to do that, however, we had to remove a six-foot bush that had rule of the place for probably the last 12 years. Plus, we only had this lame tool, and Mads’ “survival knife,” which I think she bought to intimidate people more than anything else. Several blisters and cuts later we had the entire plant removed, and the old chicken-wire door actually managed to shut. Now we just have to turn the place into a patito paradise.

Las palabras del dia
Pera — pear
Platano — banana… our fruit song for the little kids says something like Miss Ana is norteamericana and she orders a banana — it rhymes better in Spanish
Manzana — apple
Cereza — cherry
Durazno — peach
Damasco — apricot
Fresa — strawberry

September 24, 2013