Today I went to school, and the entire day we just prepared
things for the alianzas.
We glued recyclable things onto trash bags to make
clothes, we practiced the dances, we practiced the presentation of the queen
(every alianza has a queen, and the first competition is that each alianza has
to make a 10 minute skit based on a famous movie in which the queen acts—we’re
doing Snow White, and the other two are doing Tangled and Mulan).
we stayed until 6 practicing barras. Then Mariana and I took a collectivo over
to the Jumbo. She had invited me to sleep over at her house that night. We
bought the supplies we needed to make peanut butter cookies, and then went back
to her house to make them. We made a triple recipe, so we were cooking for
about 3 hours. We took a break from cooking for a little while to walk through
Mariana’s apartment complex knocking on doors and collecting nonperishable food
items. That is another alianza competition—the team that collects the most food
to give to a homeless shelter nearby. I had to knock on doors and explain
everything in Spanish. It kind of reminded me of when I did Siempre Por La Vida
in September and had to talk to people and couldn’t do it because I was afraid
of not understanding. Now I had no problem. It was cool to see how far I’d
come. Anyway, Mariana and stayed up talking and making cookies until like
midnight, and then we went to sleep.