Concepción is a city in southern Chile, along the Bio Bio River. Not only is it a busy city, but it is also surrounded by beautiful sights.
Above, you can see us at the desembocadura, or the mouth of the river, on the outskirts of Concepción. This is where the Bio Bio River meets the mighty Pacific Ocean. The sky was beautiful, the air was clear and the company was perfect!
We also traveled to Tumbes, a small fishing town outside of Concepción. The air was rich with the smell of freshly caught fish, and the weather was perfect. As you can see, the whole beach and ocean are covered in colorful boats.
We recently paid a visit to the Colegio Concepción, and we had a very busy day. It all began with a workshop with younger students, where we taught them how to sing two different songs with us!
Afterwards, we had a group of older students, to whom we taught a traditional line dance! What fun!
After grabbing a traditional Chilean lunch with some of the teachers from the Colegio, we went back to the school to give a lesson plan workshop to some great teachers from area schools. It was a lot of fun and we shared a lot of ideas.
With a little bit of time before our concert, we stopped over at a local cafe for sandwiches, cake and tea. It was delicious, but afterwards we were quite full!
Then it was time for our concert. The auditorium had been decorated with quite a vibrant light show, perfect for some of our high energy folk songs. We were pleased to presented with some great books and local chocolates. Thanks Colegio Concepción!
Another song from the Aula Magna Concert
The Ramblers play their first concert in Chile!
On Monday evening, May 28th, The Ramblers were lucky enough to play a concert at the Aula Magna auditorium in Concepcion. We were met with a friendly crowd who were not afraid to clap their hands. Erin provided some percussion with her dancing shoes and everyone had a blast!
Concepción, we love you! Since our arrival in Chile, we have only received the warmest of welcomes. The teachers and administration of Instituto Chileno Norteamericano have taught us the difference between a Merlot and a Cabernet, shared some slang over parrillada, and coordinated our first workshop with the incredible students of Colegio Espiritu Santo. We began the workshop by playing some of our favorite songs for the students followed by an English lesson using the lyrics of Big Rock Candy Mountains. Students were asked to create their own song using Big Rock’s structure, describe illustrations of the song’s parts, and sing along! We ended with a few more songs and a square dance out in the hallway. We appreciated the enthusiasm of Espiritu Santo’s students and their willingness to speak, play, and sing with us.
We’re excited to be leaving soon, next week, for the wonderful city of Concepcíon, Chile! There we’ll be spending two weeks working with students and teachers, performing concerts, and having a great time. See you soon!