How is everyone?! Well, it has been a very eventful past week! All of the teacher´s in our region and even beyond have been on strike for about 2 weeks (and still counting!). The local government was given money to give to the teachers, but they used it for other programs and never gave it to the teachers. Kind of lame of them. Anyways, Anna and I have tried to keep ourselves busy and productive by volunteering at the University here, I have given a couple classes in English, and hung out with friends but we were getting pretty bored. Well, last Monday we decided to drown our boredom in some internet (at a place in the center of town). We were on our way downtown when we ran into another teacher´s demonstration. My co-teacher said there would be another march, but we had thought that she meant another small one like we saw earlier. NOT SO!!! The demonstration was HUGE with tons of teachers and supporters blocking a major intersection, stopping all traffic! They were holding lots of signs, chanting protest songs, and drumming and blaring horns. It was all very exciting and there were lots of spectators including us taking pictures and watching the chaos :). Here are some pics of the insanely fun demonstration...the teachers were in good humor and nobody was hurt, SO DON´t WORRY! :)
There were lots of people, so many that they blocked a large intersection. I guess that is one way of getting noticed!
You can see in the picture here all of the banners, flags, etc.
So, after seeing the big demonstration and talking with my co-teacher we realized that we were not going to be teaching any time soon. So, we decided to get the heck out of dodge and do some traveling!! The place we chose to go is about 11 or 12 hours north; a place called San Pedro de Atacama.
This tea is really good! Well, I liked it but Anna thought it was gross. It is made with a plant that grows in the Altiplanico. The flavor is like nothing I have ever tasted and is supposed to be very good for you.