Yesterday and today have been excellent days. This is because even though I go to work, I don’t actually have any students. All of my students have gone away for three days on a field trip to Bertioga, and I am left behind. So how have I been spending my time? Reading, writing, grading, relaxing.
I should probably not say that I have been “relaxing” at work. I should say that I have been getting work done and planning my next five units. But I also don’t want to lie. I have been relaxing. It is nice to be able to be in a work space, meaning outside of my home, and getting work done. That is relaxing. It has been an excellent two days so far, but it’s really just preparation for the upcoming three. Tomorrow I leave with a small group of high school students for another private school in São Paulo for the weekend. It occurred to me this morning that I won’t have the chance to sleep in all weekend. Not excited for that.
We are going to a leadership conference. The kids are part of the Student Council here and it’s my job to make sure they get to São Paulo safely and that they conduct themselves appropriately. I met with the group yesterday to go over the plans and I can say I have nothing to worry about. These kids are probably some of the best students I have ever seen. It will be nice to get out of Campinas, to see another school and meet other International teachers. I will return home on Sunday afternoon, so I can use that time to relax again.
Next week, will also be a collection of excellent days because I teach only two days again. Wednesday night, which is the beginning of feriado (or vacation), I am going to Blumenau and Bombinhas for Oktoberfest.
Don’t judge. When I tell people I am going to Oktoberfest, they roll their eyes, as if they’ve been there before and think it’s stupid. But who cares what they think? Have I EVER been to an Oktoberfest in Brazil? No. Have I EVER been to Blumenau or to Bombinhas? No. “So,” I want to tell them, “keep your judgement to yourself and let me experience this on my own.” It’s Oktoberfest. It’s beer and people. I KNOW this is not the most authentic or enlightening cultural experience possible in Brazil. I am not going to Oktoberfest so I can commune with God over how amazing Brazil is. And I’m not going to Oktoberfest so I can learn about the culture and history of the people in the South East. I am going to Oktoberfest because I have never gone before and because who, in their right mind, would want to miss out on going to a gigantic party with hundreds of thousands of people? And did I mention beer? That’s there too. And beaches? Yes, they’re there. And practicing Portuguese? Perfect opportunity. (In fact, I’d even say that with a little anti-social anxiety juice (ie: beer) my Portuguese gets even better because I’m willing to try to speak.) So. Sounds like a great weekend for me. If there’s going to be that many people there, which there inevitably will be, seems like there’s something good going on there. Couldn’t be too stupid. I’ll let you know.
I wanted to go on my own, so that I would really be forced to speak, but I think it’s good that one of my friends is going. She practically lives in a nut house anyway, so it’ll be a good opportunity to get to know her better and plus, she’ll be my comic relief when I get bored or frustrated.
I don’t plan to go to Oktoberfest everyday, just at least once. The rest of the time, I want to sit on the beach, read my books, and listen to music. Dennis leaves that weekend for New Zealand, so I will also find an internet cafe to make sure I can get in touch with him before he goes.
I was thinking about why I had been feeling so off recently, and I think it was because Dennis was in Hawaii and we couldn’t talk regularly. I would miss his calls or I wouldn’t know if he was in a place that didn’t get service, or if he just had turned his phone off. So it was driving me crazy. I am nervous for that to happen again when he goes to New Zealand. What makes me feel good is knowing I can talk to him. So I just hope we can establish some kind of pattern. Ah, but enough fretting for right now. Today is an excellent day. Must not get bogged down in unecessary emotions.