Letters from Zapallal
I’m writing this on a hot, sunny afternoon which has been the pattern for quite a while now – as have been the complaints about the heat. The roofing over the balconies and the netting over the assembly area are definitely proving their worth.
Early in the month there were two national earthquake drills. Timely, insofar as we have had several earth tremors (temblores). There was a particularly strong one at 10.50 in the night of 27th. At times heavy vehicles can produce some of the ‘symptoms’ of a tremor but you know it’s the real thing by the dogs. They all start barking at the same time. Don’t know if their paws are especially sensitive.
The school was alive with the sound of music as all the various age groups and former pupils practised, sometimes until late at night, for the dance competition which is part of our 25th anniversary celebrations.
It’s hard to believe that August has just begun. July was a fairly damp month but that didn’t stop various activities. The first, and it is an important event here in Peru, was Day of the Teacher. There was plenty of enthusiasm and talent with songs, poems and dances interspersed with quotations about the importance of teachers and the regard felt for them. The 5th year were the brains behind the celebration. Afterwards all the personnel of the school went to a local restaurant for a celebratory lunch which, as is normal here, ended up with dancing. All this was on 5th. The actual Day is...