And I’m loving it. I keep reminding myself this is my life, this is where I’ll be for the next 9 months.
The beach and Paseo (boardwalk)
I’ve been in Roquetas for over a week now and am amazed and happy for the friends I have already made. I knew a few hours after I met Jessica we would be great friends. I know we’re going to learn a lot from each other and she’s suppose to be in my life! Every day, I wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow but I find plans and activities just happen. The 2nd day of looking for pisos (jessica came too) with Carlos, I asked him if we could come with him to Almeria since he had a futbol game to play and lived there until he moved last Thursday. Jessica and I figured we’d get tapas and explore the city by night but I texted another auxiliar in Almeria and turned out there was an auxiliar meet up! wow.
There are a lot of us!
I visited my school on Wednesday just to see know where it is and meet my bilingual coordinator Antonio. It’s essentially a middle/high school serving students ages 12-18 and called Instituto Secondaria in Spain. I returned on Friday to find out my schedule and meet the other auxiliar Anna. I was at the school for 5 hours that day- I arrived an hour early because I had a ride from Ana Bueno (Jessica’s flat mate)- between talking to Antonio, meeting other teachers and decorating my “own” classroom. Each school uses there auxiliar for different subjects. At mine, Anna is with the science teacher and I will work with the history teacher! I’m very excited to see how history is taught here (different perspective from US? )and hopefully learn more about Spanish history. Typically, auxiliares are always in a classroom with a teacher BUT… I’m an exception. I have 5 classes of Conversation with 7-9 students a week by myself. I create the lesson/games and will be ALL BY MYSELF. I’m excited. I will do the same lesson 10 times with different students before I see the same students again. I’m thankful I’ve had over 2 years of experience with garden teaching or I’d be freaking out now. I’m starting a list of activities and ideas and already know I’ll have more ideas than, I’ll likely have time for!
This past Satuday, Jesssica, Ana Bueno, Martha (teacher at Jessica’s school) and I took our first day trip together- San Jose/Cabo De Gata! A beautiful coastal town. The wind was strong so we played catch with a ping pong ball and enjoyed the water. We were attaacked by sand several times. We enjoyed a nice lunch and then headed to a few other beaches that we could only access from a dirt road!
Menu del Dia (Starter, Entree, Desert)
Marta, Jessica, Me, Ana Bueno
Leaving my mark, Jumping with Ana Bueno
The Road to Playa Monsul
Playa Monsul (only accessible by dirt road). Scene from The Last Crusade was filmed here
A day in the sunshine. But the evening was just beginning. A Couchsurfer, Kurro,
was hosting a dinner in his new flat in Aquadulce (neighboring beach town). We didn’t know he was a gourmet cook. I want to learn how to make Paella and he said he’d teach me if I teach him how to make brownies. DEAL!
I was tired after a day at the beach but the night was just beginning. After our delicious meal, conversation and drinks we headed to the bars at 1am and by 3am I was ready to go home. But nights don’t end till the sun comes up in Spain. By the third bar/dance floor, Jessica and I called it a night at 5am. I’m going to have to get used to only techno and the same damn beat. Techno is fine if the beat isn’t the same song after song. The taxi driver said, “Isn’t it too early to go home?” Oh jeez.
It’s 5pm, I’ve been on the computer for most of the day- the first half preparing a slide show About Me to present to my students and now uploading and writing blog posts. Time to get offline and go outside!
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