The Last Trimester

We are now a few weeks into our last trimester here at the Spanish Language Institute, preparing to move to Ecuador in April.  For our studies this trimester, we have elected to do things a bit differently than we did the first two trimesters.

We are both taking a Grammar class.  But we have made some changes for our Language portion.

I (Steve) am taking the FARO option.  It’s an acronym for Facilitator, Ayudante (helper), Route, Observe.  Every week, I meet with at least 7 local people to discuss various themes, all in Spanish.  I review these themes with my helper, and discuss them in class with my facilitator.  Here is a picture of me with Henry, one of the people I have been meeting with.

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Henry owned a restaurant in a food court about a ten-minute bus ride from here.  I use the past tense because last week when we went to visit him, his restaurant was closed and locked.  I asked the lady in the restaurant next door, and she told me that he had gone out of business.  I called the phone number that he gave me, but it was disconnected.  I miss him already because we had some great conversations, and it was always so positive talking with him.

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Diane has chosen to have a private language teacher.  Maritza, who is a teacher at the Institute, comes to our apartment two days per week for an hour and a half.  This has worked out really well because Maritza is tailoring her teaching to language and vocabulary that is relevant to what Diane may be doing in Ecuador.  Here is a picture of Maritza and Diane at our kitchen table.

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Only 60 more days in Costa Rica   –   but who’s counting???

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Our House in Ecuador – a facelift in process

We just received some pictures of the inside of what will be our new house in Ecuador when we move there in April.  All of the interior walls were wood, and had significant termite damage, so they have been removed.  They will be replaced with concrete block interior walls.

Here is the outside of the house, taken in 2007.  It is a duplex, and we will be living in the left half.

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Here are a few interior pics that were just taken last week.  Looks like a lot of work to do.

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