and no time to tell them
Brief of life:
Kids are cute! They speak Catalan and try to teach it to me, I will show you a pic soon.
Camp is crazy! We hike down cliffs and ride full size boats in the pools, its fun
I will be working for a week with the Barca basketball camp, supposedly it is the most fun job you can have at this camp and I will meet “famous” basketball players from Spain…I should probably learn something about Spanish basketball
I got trapped at a trance drug party in the middle of nowhere til 6am…this was not as fun as it sounded, it took 2 hours to get back to camp and I was sober…the party we were supposed to go to didnt even start til 6 am…it is crazy here
I got to work out for the first time today…it was amazing
I am learning spanish, but most kids still laugh at me alot when i try to speak…sad
ok thats all I have for now! Miss everyone at home lots! I put up an album on the facebook for pics of the camp…check it!
I stole this picture from Drue Morris(girl next to me in the photo) these are my camp buddies! We have awesome tshirt that are really hot and smelly! Loves it
I have made it to camp and today was exhausting, the metro to the bus to the train, to another correct train, to a car ride! Wooo and once we got here we got a quick orientation. We met Ricardo the horse trainer, because part of camp here is helping with the childrens wellness through…equestrien stuff? we were also pretty much told for the next two weeks we will be watching people, and after that we will havea group of kids, around 15 who we are expected to be their counslers, mothers, teachers, and psycologists…should be interesting but we are supposed to be inspiring children so they believe they can do anything! that seems like a cool idea.
Housing here is definitely interesting, we have 2 rooms for 8 of us, and we have a mini kitchen/bathroom! yes that means we have to poop in our kitchen…its about to get wierd! The monitors(spanish counslers) show up in the next few days and we will get paired up with them…oh and noone here speaks English, in fact many of them dont speak Spanish, they speak Catalan. I will be picking up languages quickly but i may have no idea what language that might be! I have realized I do actually understand Spanish really well which is cool, now I just need to work on speaking it! Oh plus we have all healthy food, natural ingredients and all that good stuff. Plus there are rock walls, pools, some kinda “indiana jones” park in the woods, its like a Kathleen playground which I will be watching children have fun on…I donno about that!
Ok since I am hogging the only computer I will get off now, but I am safely in the woods/farm (it looks similar to vermont) Updates to come as we get more info!
Hey ya’ll! Sorry I haven’t been able to update this much, the internet in the hostel is pretty bad but today half my group has class and I got up early to write a paper so for once it is doing pretty good!
So much as happened in a little over a week, I arrived on Wednesday May 25th around 3 pm, had some slight delays on my Paris layover, which I wish had been longer because seeing the Eiffle Tower by airplane just doesn’t do it justice. I took a shuttle to the hostel with no problems and got to see a little of Madrid. My taxi/shuttle driver was the silent type and did not say a word to me the whole way, plus on both my flights there was noone in my rows, it had been almost a full day since I talked to anyone by the time I arrived at the hostel!!! I met some girlies there and they showed me around the city a little, we walked down to la puerta del sol which is where the huge protests are happening. It was really interesting to see, the protests are really peaceful and the kids(about my age-hundreds of them) have set up a little community where they all help out eachother, its a small city within a city. We then walked down and saw the Royal Palace which we plan on taking a tour of one of these days.
That night I met the rest of the group and went to a tapas bar called El Tigre, for around 6 euros, which by no means is cheap, we get tons of plates of food for free! We had some fun there and ended up exploring more of the Madrid nightlife, which is ridiculous!
Another day we visited the Museo del Prado which is a huge, beautiful art museum and if you go after 6 pm you get in for free! We saw art from famous artists such as Goya and Velázquez and it was crazy to think how old the pieces were and how many people had looked at them over the years.
Everything here is so old and beautiful though, the buildings are gorgeous and its very clean. We walk through the calles everyday and see some new shop or place we want to visit.
In the Retiro Park there were so many fun things, a small modern art museum that had an artist who combined album covers together, like the Nirvana cover with Finding Nemo, it was very cool. There was a lake that you could rent boats on with old statues surrounding it. Its hard to describe but it was just all amazing.
Since Monday though the activities have changed, we started the TEFL program and have been in class ALL day! We start at 9 am with Children’s teaching, and go until 6pm with Teaching theory for English as a foreign language. It is a long day plus we have homework. I should be writing a research paper right now ugh.
So I had added a bunch of pics to this and then the internet went out :( I will post them separately…
AND I ALREADY HAVE HOMEWORK! Was gunna blog but instead I will be spending my night writing a 10 minute presentation and a 10 paragraph reflection essay…oh great!
So I made it to Spain safe and sound! I am sitting in the Barbieri Hostel meeting new people! Flights were surprisingly easy, no crazy adventures. My layover in Paris was brief and I am glad I hustled through security and things because by the time I got to the gate of my madrid flight they were already boarding (The entire Canadian womens basketball team was on there too) got on and the 2 hour flight went by very quickly and here I am in Spain. I took a shuttle to my hostel which gave my a little tour of the city, checked in, and now I am sitting and relaxing. I think my stomach is growling thought…hmmm time changesss I think I’m gunna go explore soon :)
So I leave in 2 days to move to Spain for the summer…atleast maybe longer :) I am feeling like I am going crazy but I guess that is to be expected! My room is a chaos of laptops, cameras, sandals, and clothing scattered everywhere and it all has to fit into one suitcase! I don’t fly out until 11:55 on Tuesday night so I have no idea what I’ll do with myself all day, I have an hour layover in Paris, then off to Madrid I will go!
I have booked a shuttle to take me to my hostel, where I will hopefully meet up with the 13 or so other people who will be taking the TEFL class with me for the next month, 2 weeks in Madrid and 2 weeks somewhere else, yes that is how little I know as to what is going on (now you understand why I’m nervous) plus I am terrible at Spanish, okay not terrible but definitely not good either and have never been to Europe before. I am doing a summer camp program which should be awesome but also making it difficult to figure out what to pack!
Anyways… I can’t believe how time has flown by, 2 weeks ago I graduated college officially (I actually was done in December) and walked across the stage, said some very sad goodbyes with my best friends and a goodbye to Vermont and off I went. It feels like it snuck up on me but I think I’m ready to go, I can’t imagine a summer in Chesterfield, NH again but I am going to miss my family a lot.
I will hopefully be able to update this blog with photos and comments from my travels and my experiences as an english teacher! Woo putting that marketing degree to very little use. If you want to leave me notes or questions, feel free to write me in the Ask Box, the link is under my twitter stream or here. I will miss everyone and to the people I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to, sorry!
Welp I should get back to packing!