Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hello! It´s been a really long time since my last post. So this week I changed to my new family. They live really far away from my school and where most of my friends live.. And most of the time i walk places and its always really sunny and hot! But our family does have a car.
School is going good, Im´ getting used to it and i´ve had to memorize alot of different stuff and recite it in front of the class, which im getting used to too. Two weekends ago i went to another party where you had to wear green, yellow, or red, (colors on a stop light) and they all meant different things. I wore blue.. And i didnt stay for very long. I didnt really do anything..They tought me how to merengue for about two minutes, then I had to leave.
One day I went with Julissa to meet up with Orquidea and Ramona and Sheila to go to an orphanage to give the kids a bunch of our old toys that we dont use, but on our way to Orquidea´s house it started to rain realllly hard, so we ended up staying in Orquidea´s house (which is huge..they own a restaurant and a pool) and cooking spaghetti, the we went outside after the rain let up a little and played in the pool (which only had rain water in it) and after a while we ended up being soaked from head to toe from playing in the rain water. It was really fun. Then afterwards, we went inside and ate pizza from the restaurant, which was really good, too. Here they like to put corn on pizza, which is different, but tastes good. They also eat alot of things differently. Like meat, they eat allll parts of the chicken, including the feet! And they cook fish differently too, they dont cut off the head or the tail. Also, in Homer i eat plain grilled cheese sandwiches..but here they put ketchup and mayo and tomatoes and random sauces on ham and cheese sandwiches, and it´s really good! On Sunday I went to a karaoke club, with Eliza and Yomalsy, and they sung songs in Spanish and I learned how to merengue a little more (i´m not very good at it).
Then the next week there was a big book fair in my town, called the Ferie del Libro, and there were lots of booths with books, food, and places for people to read poetry and stuff like that. I went about every day, and it was fun, most of my friends went too. One day we were supposed to meet at 5:00 for our language class, but only three people showed up! haha. Wedesday we didnt have school because it was a holiday. I met up with Felix and Till alot too. That weekend there was another party that the seniors in my school were having. It was in the town casino. I didnt go for very long to that either. Then this week i´ve been hanging out with friends and with Till and Victor, walking around the town and doing homework! Here are some pictures of me and my friends in Orquidea´s house and in the Ferie del Libro:

Julissa, Ramona, and me with spaghetti hornsLots of people in the Ferie del Libro!
Me and OrquideaRamona, me Sheila, and Orquidea
Me, Sheila, Ramona
Orquidea, Felix, me, Julissa in the Ferie
Ramona, Julissa, me, Cristal in the Ferie - uniforms!

Orquidea´s dad, Julissa, Sheila, Orquidea, and Ramona cooking
me Julissa and Ramona
us eating the spaghetti dinner we cooked
me ramona, julissa, and orquidea in the pool
Cristal, me and Ramona in the Ferie - with uniforms


Stray Spirit said...

H! Ha!ley,
I enjoyed reading your post, wow it just seems like around every corner is a new experience and fun event in your world! I flew by the DR last night and waved furiously from my plane - well... I think I waved in your direction :) The pictures you attached are wonderful - you look so comfortable and happy, and that made me SMILE~*
What is your new home like, has the transition been difficult? Tell me more about their dog Campion!
I am headed out to explore Santiago de Chile now~* smooch

Anonymous said...

Hola Hailey! Que tal? Felix is cute, huh?:) that looks like a fun time at the book fair. i want to go shopping there with you! did you get an orange tshirt also? you must have spent a lot of time at the internet cafe loading those pics, or did you buy yourself one of those portable files? i imagine you aren't using your computer very much. how about in your new house? do you have internet? i want to know about champion, too. does he roll in poo like sketcher? do you have a clothes dryer or clothes line to hang your stsuff on after playing in the rain? what kind of holiday did you have on that wednesday? do you like learning to dance? will you teach me the merengue when you get home? i told you people ask how you are doing all the time. i am happy to tell them you seem to be doing great! your friends look very nice, except the one with the knife. id stay away from her!!
right now, cloudy and 35 here in homer! brrrr! i check your weather a bit-only getting into the 80's these days, huh? :) chilly! i would send you a snowball but with the mail service there i doubt it will get through. dont forget to check on your letter when you check on your package. love you hailey!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxo ma

Dad said...

Hi Hailey!
I just got back from a few days in San Diego. It was in the 70's and sunny most of the time, I figured it was about what you are used to. I think I could get used to that, too! There is a little snow on the ground here now...
Great pictures- Glad to see you are having such a good time! Looks like you need to pick up a few bracelets for your arms like your buddies have. How far away is your new family's house from school? Do they have a bike you could use? Or maybe you could find one from a friend to borrow?
mmmm... chicken feet. Have you tried that? What about the beak? I can't believe you're eating tomato on a sandwich!!!! :)
Did you get any books at the fair? Have you tried reading much in Spanish other than the school work? Maybe that is enough work trying to translate, but sounds like you are getting more fluent all the time.
I'm so glad you are posting to this blog, it is a great way to keep in touch.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hailey, boy am I lucky to be in the right place when you call!
It is time to post some more pictures. It seems you must be getting busy. Have you been able to play any music? Are you going to join a band? We had snow here and then rain to wash it away. Good thing, I am still getting ready for winter. I get to meet my daughters in Mexico in late November! It will be just like we did when they were teenagers. Wait--they still are teenagers aren't they?

Eliza said...

Hey Hailey!
I've been keeping up with your blog, and it seems like you're having an awesome time. I'm soooo jealous. Tu espanol sera tan excelente ahora. (Sorry if that makes no sense, I haven't spoken Spanish in so long.) Your pictures look so much fun- I'm going to agree with that other comment and say that Felix is tan guapo.
Anyway, hopefully the past few weeks have been just as fun. Keep updating! And if you ever want to come to Boston (look at colleges, see the city, whatever) just let me know! There's always room for you.
Talk to you soon :)