Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tingo, primera parte

A little background info: in all my English classes I have a reward system whereby the students as a group can earn stars in different "target areas" and then earn a reward once all the star spaces have been filled. The reward is usually a paseo (you've seen it before--ice-skating, bowling) or some kind of class party.

Well my girls English class downtown decided that we must go to the public pools. I thought they'd choose something a little more glamorous, but the Tingo public pools beat all of my suggestions. I hear it's the dirtiest, most crowded of all public pools in Quito, but the girls wouldn't even consider another pool. I mean, everyone I mention this to says "why would you take them there? They never clean it." Apparently if you don't come with a swimsuit you have to rent one (!!) and everyone has to rent a swimming cap. Of course my girls don't have swimsuits, so I'm now going to voluntarily subject them to the rented suit.

There's no way I'm getting in the water, absolutely no way. And I know my girls are going to beg me to get in, but I'll just have to break their hearts because there are some compromises I don't think I can make. And I'm not a prude or anything, but all my Ecua friends tell me that if I get in the water I can't hang out with them anymore. Jeez!

Anyways, today is the big day, so check back later for Tingo, part deux.

Nervously yours,

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