I’ve been in Spain now officially for 4 weeks! And over the last few weeks I’ve probably experienced every emotions known to man! But mostly happiness and surprise …AND some confusion 🙂
For one, my students are great! A complete 360 from my middle school monsters in Korea lol. Since I teach pre-school to fourth of secondary school (think sophomores/juniors of high school) its been such a great learning experience…for the most part. Of course there are some days where I can’t help compare my life in Spain to my life last year in South Korea. I’m actually working on a informational piece for the “Brothas and Sistas of Spain” Facebook group, which I will also post here. So I won’t write so much about that now.
For now let my recap the last few weeks:
The second week of September was the 2-day BEDA orientation. It wasn’t very welcoming and I left with tons of unanswered questions.
Settling into the school and my new village life has been OK. I now know that the small town life is NOT for me AT ALL, but there is a certain familiarity that I am experiencing here that a teacher in say…Madrid, will never experience.
Speaking of Madrid I’ve been just about every week now since arrive on the 7th of September for one reason or another! Here are a few pictures from one of my last trips.
The last few weekends I’ve attended some “ferias” in neighboring villages. It really felt like attending a traveling carnival in your favorite cities. Why? Because I saw the same people, the same vendors and even the same amusement ride operators. I have tons of video footage and will post a video to the YouTube Channel very soon.
Spain is the land of Paella and Jamon de Serrano! I’ve had to constantly tell people “no I don’t eat pork” and “No, I don’t want to try it”…in a nice way of course.
There was this one day where I was having a cafe con leche with a few teachers and mothers of children from the school.
Here you can expect to receive “pinchos” (tapas)with any beverage you order.
So we ordered our cafe and out comes a torta (cake) and something else. It resembled some form of meat on a baguette. So I asked if it was Jamon. The ladies were all speaking really fast and I could barely make out what the commotion was about.
And then one of the mothers graciously explained that it was “Kitchen“.
Then they all agreed in unison and said “yes, yes it is Kitchen“.
I looked at them and nodded as if I knew what they were talking about. But then I had to clarify, “Oh you mean chicken?”
“Ahhhh!!! jejejeje! Si, Chicken, es pollo! Jejejeje!” Haha!
No I didn’t try the kitchen ha ha 🙂
Fruits and vegetables are so inexpensive here! I remember seeing watermelons for $15-20 in South Korea. Here I can get it for 3-5 euros. Which is great since I just started eating watermelon this summer. I am contemplating doing a 30-day raw vegan challenge because I can actually afford too!
Granted a lot of things are inexpensive here in my little village. A BIG plus to living outside Madrid 🙂
Well this post is getting way too long. I will be back soon with more “a day in the life” type information and more pictures!