on travel, thoughts, and the art of short fiction

Muito Frio

In Mozambique on April 24, 2008 at 12:03 am

It’s gotten so cold. Yes, cold, I realize is relative, but it’s cold compared to the burning inferno I first encountered in February. Last night I was freezing. I should have brought a blanket with me.

Yesterday I taught a yoga class. It was so nice to get back on the mat and move through a series of asanas. It was a Vinyasa flow class (at least my non-certified version). I’m definitely heading east to an ashram when I’m finished with this project.

tree pose

I had the best English class. I was teaching the parts of the body and after we identified all of the body parts we sang “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”. My students loved it. I added on seven new verses so that each vocabulary word was covered and I made them sing it and go through the motions quickly and slowly. Their assignment was to create their own song in Portuguese (which they would translate also into English) that they could use to teach the children in their classes the parts of the body. Then they each took a turn sharing their songs with the class. It was so much fun! Their homework is to create movements or a dance to go along with their songs for the kinesthetic learners. Good times! I wish I taught more English classes.

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