Sunday, December 21, 2008

La Natividad

La Natividad
December 13-21, 2008

In the Heart of the Beast is taking the Nativity story to the streets!

The Nativity Story According to St. Matthew and St. Luke - La Historia de Navidad de Acuerdo a San Mateo y San Lucas
En el nombre del cielo pedimos posada... In the name of heaven we ask for a place to stay...

The Christmas Story as youve never done before. The story of the holy child being born in our midst here in Midtown Minneapolis.

This unique holiday show combines street theatre, puppetry and a torch-lit procession based on the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas. And the audience is part of the action!

La Natividad

La Natividad
December 13-21, 2008

In the Heart of the Beast is taking the Nativity story to the streets!

The Nativity Story According to St. Matthew and St. Luke - La Historia de Navidad de Acuerdo a San Mateo y San Lucas
En el nombre del cielo pedimos posada... In the name of heaven we ask for a place to stay...

The Christmas Story as youve never done before. The story of the holy child being born in our midst here in Midtown Minneapolis.

This unique holiday show combines street theatre, puppetry and a torch-lit procession based on the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas. And the audience is part of the action!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Best of Iowa and Best of Minnesota

Every year I present sessions at two State Associations: IWLA (Iowa World Language Association) and MCTLC (Minnesota Coundil on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures)

This year I have been honored with two distinctions:

1) "Best of Iowa" for my presentation Drama games for the FL classroom

2) "Best of Minnesota" for my presentation Poesías y canciones para los más pequeños

I will be presenting both sessions and representing Iowa and Minnesota at the 2010 Central States Conference (CSC ) on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Minneapolis.

My first knitted socks!

Knitted by me... that's what I mean :-)

Monday, November 17, 2008

World Language Teachers In Waldorf Schools

For the last month I have work hard to build up a networking site for World Language Teachers in Waldorf Schools. Well... the site itself is a networking site on NING. But the work I've been doing is contacting many teachers and schools from around the world! After a little bit more than a month there are more than 100 members. Most members teach in schools in the United States but teachers from schools all over the world are joining the site every day. There are teachers from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom. I am very proud of all the connections I've made.
This will help me not only in my work as a Spanish teacher at City of Lakes Waldorf School but also generate great resources for my new school project: Writing the Spanish Curriculum. I am very excited about that work.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

change is here

change is here

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Samba line dance

We dance this to Magalenha by Sergio Mendes
You can dance it to Ricky Martin’s Maria or any samba dance (4 count)

Free dancing at the beginning, raise arms over head, walk forward and back, shake hips, etc.
When you hear “He, he, he, he, he, he” get ready to start and start with the drums

Start with your left foot
Go forward 4
Point your right foot forward (on four)
Go back 4 starting with your right
Point your left foot back (on four)

Cross left foot over right
Bend at the knees
Point your right foot out to the right and touch

Cross right foot over left
Bend at the knees
Point your left foot out to the left and touch

Volta right for four counts (Volta is when you cross one foot directly in front of the other and shift
Volta left for four counts your weight between the two in a forward/backward motion)

You start over again right out of the volta left
You keep repeating the same steps but always turning to the left so you are facing another wall in the room

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

My first stainless steel bottle!

Yay! I just bought a Klean Kanteen bottle at Midwest Mountaineering. I am very happy with it. And now I can ditch all my plastic bottles. Well... I will be reusing them for other projects, of course!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Fringe time! Yeah!

Among this crazy summer (CLV for 5 weeks, Water! show, La Semana camp) I bought an Ultra Pass for Fringe Festival 2008. Last year I was so bummed that I got to see only a couple of shows! Now I am hyper-happy that I'll see as many as I want!

Check it out!

Fringe Festival

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Water Show

Wow! Summer has been so intensive (and intense!)
Work at camp has been very tiring and busy but LOTS of fun and I don't regret coming back there (for one more Summer). It has been great to get my CLV energy back. CLV is an awesome program! And it has also been good to work again with my friend Kika.
While supervising campers and counselors and managing their money and travel arrangement I have also been working on my Water Show.
It's a show that In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre commissioned me for their Water Festival on July 26th. For more information visit

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Back at Concordia Language Villages

I must say that I had some concerns about coming back to CLV Summer Camp. I know I promised by good friend Kika that I would come back this Summer to El Lago del Bosque, Wilder to work with her, but I had some mixed feelings about losing my precious free time during the Summer.

But anyway, work at camp is not bad at all. I enjoy most of it. This Summer I am Assistant Dean AND Business Manager again so my days are pretty full. Although I am trying to balance work time with rest time. While working here I also have to create my show about water for In The Heart of The Beast Theatre. That is going well.

Camp is going well as well. We had a pretty nice (and small) session with the younger kids. We'll see how things go the next two weeks with the older ones.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

El Nido [ESP w/ ENG subtitles]

El Nido
por Margot Guezúgara

Thursday, June 05, 2008

El Nido [ESP w/ ENG subtitles]

El Nido
por Margot Guezúgara

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Almost there (inside the Xcel Energy). Go Obama!

Yesterday was truly an important historic moment for USA. Obama
claimed the presidential nomination for the Democratic party at a HUGE
rally in St. Paul (Xcel Energy). I was very excited about it and
decided to go there. But it was a little naive of me to think that I
could get in. The doors opened at 7 pm and I arrive around 6:30 pm and
there were blocks and blocks of people. Downtown St. Paul turned into a
human maze with thousands of Obama fans and supporters. I just ended up
at one of the gates but behind the fence and just watched people get it.
So much enthusiasm and joy! I was not able to see him live but just by
being there I felt, like many others, that I was part of great moment in

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Baja (Mexico) roads.

Roads in Baja, Mexico. Near Punta San Jacinto

Friday, May 30, 2008

Guantanamera in the streets of Ensenada, Mexico

Street musicians singing "Guantanamera" in by a taco stand in Ensenada, Mexico

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

We are back in the US!

We arrived to the hostel in San Diego around 9 pm on Tuesday night. We had a great spaghetti dinner and we got ready for bed. We are all FINE but TIRED!  See you soon!

Monday, May 26, 2008

We are fine and HAVING FUN!!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts and updates but we are in Bahia de Los
Angeles since Friday and internet access has been extremely difficult
to find.

We are all fine and happy and having tons of fun. Hopefully updates soon.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Visiting the sea turtles facility (pictures)

Visiting the sea turtles facility

At around 5 pm on Saturday afternoon we visiting the place where they do
sea turtle research. This was started by scientist and researcher
Antonio "Toño" Resendiz (*) which happens to be the owner of Camp
Archelon (where we are staying). He gaves us a brief history of the
place and the research projects on turtles that he had done.

(*) Antonio Resendiz, a Mexican conservationalist, used to tend the sea
turtle facility on north of town (Bahia de Los Angeles). Volunteers
helped Resendiz care for several endangered species of sea turtles.
Though visits are usually planned though organization in the US,
enthusiast might inquire locally for a change to see the facility (from
"Sea Kayaking in Baja" book)

The teachers by the beach (Bahia de Los Angeles)

Views from the top of the lighthouse at Punta Arena (Bahia de Los Angeles) (pictures)

Exploring the surroundings of camp Archelon: Lighthouse (pictures)

Exploring the surroundings of camp Archelon: Lighthouse

In the afternoon the other group when kayaking with Teo (one of the
instructors) while Jeannie, I and four students (Storm, Zoe, Ina, Liza
and Clare) went for a nice hike to Punta Arena, a little south of our
camp Archelon (where we were staying). We walked all the way to the
lighthouse. It seemed abandoned but people from town told us it was
working (we were able to confirm that at night when we saw it working).
There was a brick wall all around it. We climbed it and then went
insight the lighthouse. A set of ladders took us all the way up. We had
a great view from the top. We could see the whole bay, the town, the
mountains and the islands. On our way to the lighthouse and back to camp
we gathered all sorts of interesting and beautiful shells, snails and
treasures that the ocean brought to the shore for us.

Kayaking on Saturday morning

We had breakfast. After breakfast Roger divided us in two groups: one for kayaking and another one for snorkeling. Even though I was hoping to do snorkeling fate put me in the kayak group. I was on a tandem kayak with Jovan and that was an interesting challenge. The problem was that my weight is more than double of Jovan’s. There was a little bit of wind but it kept blowing Jovan and not me. When we went out Jovan was in the front and shore was on our left side. The wind was blowing towards the shore therefore the front of the kayak was also going towards the shore and not towards the sea. We struggled a little but we kept going. We finally decided to switch places so that the front of the kayak would point towards the sea. But at that time the wind started to pick up and Roger decided that it was not safe to go to one the closest island as we had originally planned. Then we turned back. Coming back was a little easier since we have the wind on our backs.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday afternoon and last night in Punta San Jacinto

We had some yummy tostadas. We are really getting spoiled with all the good food that Miriam prepares for us.
After lunch we all have some quiet time alone. It was great to reflect about how things are going in our trip, reflect about the amazing place where we are, read or just relax.

Later in the afternoon the activities were a little more diversed and we separated in different groups. A few students went back to the water and now we can really see the fruits of their tenacity and effort. Some of them are able to stand on their board already. I joined 3 students to a falt site outside of the camp grounds to fly a kite. It was one of those big kites that you can maneuver and make it turn and such. I must say that I failed in the task of making it turn but the whole experience of flying it or watching the others playing with it was a lot of fun! When we came back I took a few pictures of the site and a group of students who were sculpting a mermaid as part of their presentation for the talent show at night.

We had spaghetti and meat balls for dinner... mmmm... I am still licking my fingers.

After dinner we had a talent show around the campfire. Each students (or group of students) had the task to think about our surrounding and come up with a presentation and share it all so us. It was a great display of talent and Joe, Vicki and Santi (the three kids in our group that are not part of the 8th grade class were the judges. They even imitated the judges of American Idol. It was lot of fun. Some of the numbers were: A song from the play "Secret Garden", a short story abot the mermaid, jugling billard balls in the dark, some attempts to improv comedy, a picture with painted rocks with "surf" as a theme, a sketch draing of a surfer, reading the lyrics of the 8th graduation song (music yet to be composed), and more.

It was a fun night but also we were all tired and ready to go to bed early... well... kind of early. We are leaving to Bahia de Los Angeles tomorrow morning. Our goal is to be there before it's dark so we need to leave our site by or before 9 am. Will be able to do it? We'll see.

I probably won't have internet access over there. I'll just go back to the archaic pen and notebook and type on my blog when we are back to civilization :-)


Before closing my last post from Punta San Jacinto I went to the shore for one last time. It is very dark. It's a little cloudy so you can't see many stars. But you can hear and see the waves and feel the power of the sea talking to you. During some of the talks that Roger gave we learn that waves are formed by a comples interaction of the sun, moon, wind, the bottom of the ocean and of course the water. Being alone in the dark but feeling the presence of the waves in front of me made me realize how small we are in this "place" (universe, beach, live, country, ocean, etc.). But it also made me feel vibrant, full of energy and at peace. I always say that I am a very urban person, I love to live in a city but how amazing is to find this energy and peace in this remote wild places.

I'll close the laptop now and walk back to my tent (did I mention that I have a whole tent just to myself? and that I even have a cot to sleep in?). I am not sure what my dreams will bring tonight but I know that they will be filled with so much inspiration that I have collected these days.

Making wind-chimes with snails and shells (5/22)

Trivia competition after lunch (5/22)

Quiet time after lunch (5/22)

Josh flying a kite (5/22)

Sculpting a mermaid for the talent show (5/22)

The mermaid

Searching for stuff on the coast (5/22)

Learning about our finding (5/22)

The surfers (5/22)

The grounds

Skit in Spanish at orphanage (5/21)

Joe finds a fish on the coast (5/22)

Camp site in Punta San Jacinto

Surfing (5/22)

And the days go by (in Baja)

We are having a great time and this place is so awesome that it would really not be very wise to spend too much time at the computer. I do that at home!

But in the interest of sharing some experience I will just write some bullet points of some of the highlighst of our days without much description. I might come back later and try to expand.

Tuesday night: We had a great dinner cook by the one of the families (Santiag -instructor-, his wife Miriam and two children Santi and Victria). It was a delicious lasagna and salad. We ended the day with a nice singing and storytelling time by the campfire.

Wednesday: More surfing in the morning for the brave ones. I actually had a pretty bad night. My chest and arms were really sore from all the effort and tension during my time in the ocean the previous day. So I just took a nap :-). Before and after lunch we practice the skit in Spanish "La Cenicienta". At 2 pm we visited an orphanage. Again we had some circle songs and games, then the students presented the skit and we ended up our visit by sharing beeswax and help them model. Mike, one of the drivers, was very kind and generous again and bouth ice-cream for everyone! Dinner was great again. We are really enjoying good food: grilled hot dogs and rice! Yum! We went to bed just a little earlier this time. Our bodies are a little tired from all the activity and excitment from the day. Well, in all truth, I guess I should say that "I" am started to get tired, hahahaha. The kids are all full of energy and having a great time!

Thursday: We had an early morning and we went on a nature hunt before breakfast. All the kids had 30 minutes to look around the coast and collect a few things that they haven't seen before or that were attractive or rare for them. They also had to throw at least one rock and hit the ship. When they came back we displayed our findings and we had our own "science musem". Roger and his crew talk about a few things we found. Then we had breakfast and after that more surf training on the ground and then most of the kids hit the water. It was very exciting to see some of them already trying to stand on the boards. And a couple even made some very good attempts at surfing.

Oh, but now it's lunch time... and it smell so good.. so I better go and check it out!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008