|A beautiful Spring day in Santiago|
This is the Bellas Artes Art Museum
|I wish for (insert what you think I wish for).|
Work has been keeping us both busy. Currently, I'm teaching seven different courses to a variety of folks. Here's a breakdown: I teach a young business entrepreneur who will be traveling to Korea in a couple of weeks. The main language for the conference he will be attending is English, so he's brushing up before he goes off. Secondly, I teach a very cool and very smart 10-year old who knows everything there is to know about Pokemon and loves to tell me jokes from his comic books. Unfortunately, the jokes don't always translate, so I'm left to make up my own jokes in my head and laugh at those. Next, I teach a group of 4 accountants at a brokerage firm in Los Condes, which is one of the fancy parts of town. This class is definitely a challenge because none of the students speak much English and are very tired after a long day of work. I speak all Spanish during this time which is hard, but it helps me practice! Directly after that class I go to a TOEFL tutoring course with an extremely motivated lawyer who will be moving to Florida to complete an American Master's. This class includes a lot of test-taking, which I am well-versed in from teaching in the public school system (sadly). Twice a week I teach a computer designer who is preparing to move to NYC (!!!) in the next few months. We meet in a really cute coffee shop and always end up talking about New York. Only once a week, I work with a lawyer who is very fluent in English. This class is fun because I bring music or sports related articles to read and discuss. I even get to teach him some of the knowledge I picked up in my Urban Studies classes (who knew that would come in handy?). Lastly, I teach a manager at a construction company who travels extensively out of the country. Teaching English to adults is fairly new to me, but I enjoy the work. I've learned a ton about Chilean culture and it has definitely helped me practice my (slow-going) Spanish.
|New friends at our local bar.|
You will need:
-Potatoes (or a bag of french fries)
-MEAT! (I used beef cubes, chicken and sausage- usually it's just beef and sausage)
-Spices (salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic)
|Meat and onions: delicioso!|
|The final product!|
2) Saute the onions (in thin slices) with some spices. I added some garlic here.
3) You want to cook the meat now. You can do this with or without the onions in the pan (I kept the onions in). Make sure everything is cooked through and spiced to your liking.
4) Scramble the eggs. I like to add milk, salt and pepper when I scramble. NOTE: With Chorrillana, you can also use over easy/hard eggs as well. However you like your eggs the best.
5) Assembly time! On a serving dish, layer the french fries, the meat and onion mix and the eggs on top.
There you have it! Chorrillana, an easy to make dish that's great for pickin'!
Today, being Thanksgiving, is another tough day for us. We, of course, wish we were stuffing our little faces with turkey, potatoes, stuffing and cranberries with our families rather than running around Santiago teaching English. But, we only need to wait a day, since our good friend Charlie and his family have invited us to a 'Chilean Thanksgiving' at their house tomorrow evening. We are so grateful and lucky to have the Walbaums as our friends here in Chile. We can't wait to bring some American flava to their Chilean Thanksgiving. Matt's biggest dilemma: Should he stuff his face until the point of bursting, as is tradition?
Last, but definitely not least, I received a wonderful Thanksgiving gift today: I was offered the teaching position at Santiago College I was so eager to get!! I couldn't be more excited to get back into the classroom with young people. I start on March first. I am waiting to hear the grade I will be teaching, but I suspect it will be third. I never thought I would be so happy to get into the classroom, but I can hardly wait!
To close this blog post on this very special (and different) Thanksgiving, I would like to say I am thankful for all the important people in my life who have supported me throughout this and all my adventures: family, friends and especially Matt, who if it weren't for him, I would have high-tailed it out of here a month ago. Gobble! Gobble!
|Yes, this is the afternoon view from our terrace.|