Started off by sleeping in, which is always a glorious idea when you're jet lagged/on Russian medication. We also arose from our slumber to discover that today is May Day!! Personally, I think the idea of May Day would probably be alot more exciting if I knew what it actually was. The only connection I have for May Day are mental images of smallish children dancing in a circle around a pole whilst holding ribbons. Why this is significant or where this occassion occurs, I've no idea. However, Lithuanians apparently think it's exciting, because school was closed for the children!
But not us. We're not Lithuanian. And we still got to teach!
It's actually kind of nice it was a holiday, because very few children came, and we had it easy on our first full day. Wahoo for strange adopted ribbon holidays!
|One of the ever-so-lovely trees outside the school :)|
|The school!!! This is the building that houses all grades ages 5-18! Notice all the BIG windows - this entire school is run by natural light. There are some lights, but I've never seen them turned on.|
|These are hilarious. These gates are strategically placed in each hallway to keep the crazy kids contained :)|
|Half of our room! Once again - notice the huge windows?|
|The supply room! This is where we keep all our supplies for the classes (which are crafts, shop, gym, drama, kitchen, and games)|
On the plus side, these kids are simply happy. They have smiles on, love the games we provide, and especially the prizes they get :)
After we got done teaching our batch of youngin's, we were all starving since our sweet Kindergarten cafeteria ladies weren't open today. Bailey, Elise, Janese and I all decided to head over to get pizza at Charlie's. Now. Charlie's is quite a joyful place - it's a restaurant down the street from our apartment, themed after none other than this chap:
|Folks, Charlie Chaplin himself.|
On the plus side, the food was amazing :)
|Elise and Janese modeling the Charlie Choplin look along with our glorious menu|
|All of us enjoying our delicious pizzas! (From left: Janese, Bailey and Hillary)|
|Okay. This was amazing. Some kind of glorious caramel wrapped in sweet pizza dough, drizzled with fudge and topped with mint and vanilla ice cream. Oh my.|
Can you understand why today was such a glorious day?
P.S. Moral of the blog post - be grateful for light bulbs and toilet paper. Not everyone has them, even when you're in a nicer country.