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Hey lovely people! Bilbao has been treating me well.  Yes, classes are getting better as we speak….

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Hey lovely people! Bilbao has been treating me well.  Yes, classes are getting better as we speak.  The Spanish 4A (there’s a B class) class is tougher than I thought, but pray for me because the woman talks faster than what I’m use to.  Sorry if I am reiterating this, but there is a guy in my class that speaks French, Spanish, English, German and Arabic… tell me again how I got into this class. Well, he’s not the only one.  There are about 4 other people who are bilingual and are learning spanish as their 3rd language.  Also, it doesn’t help that my host family congregates in the living room and we don’t have dinner together because there isn’t a place to eat meals together.  That’s part of the experience I guess!?  I try to speak to them often, but I feel secluded in my room.  But it hasn’t been a whole week yet either! On the other hand, María complimented me this morning and packed me a lunch for the siesta! (:  And I discovered these beauties during lunch today.  America or UMW needs to step it up. It makes you coffee for like €0,60 (or not even $1) and gives you a good size.  The other machine has sandwiches and some other good options!  Why go out to eat when you can buy a while siesta here?! image

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This International Business class is getting really interesting.  Since I am the only person that is not majoring or minoring in business, everything they say is so interesting about how globalization effects people.  It’s just different than what I’ve been learning with math and science.  So I enjoy that aspect of class.

Then, I was walking down the hallway with Brittany and I saw this man that looked so familiar and realized it was Dr. Jose Sainz (the program director for study abroad to spanish speaking countries I believe, I could be wrong?!)  !!!! I didn’t know what was going on but I was so excited to see him.  I gave him a hug and we talked for a solid 10 minutes.  He was saying that he thought about me when he was at the airport because they were about to miss their flight to Bilbao but they made it in time.  But we will have a UMW meeting tomorrow.  He is just a great person and I was so ecstatic to see him. Haha that was a great and happy moment!

Shopping again?! Psshhh yes, we (Brittany and I) went shopping in Moyua!  They had so many sales.  I think I might be broke by the time I get home?! Yeah, ehh WHEN IN SPAIN…  !

Yesterday, I meet this girl from Norway, Ida, and I asked her if she was with a group like CIDE or something at Deusto. She say she found this program online and doesn’t know much spanish but is in Spanish 3.  She knows the basics like hola and adios.  The point is, I saw her today and we had coffee at Café & Té (which is an awesome place to chat and/or do homework!) after class. While in this coffee shop, I talked to Erin B!!!  We were planning our trip to Rome (:  YAY!

Ciao for now! ("bye" in Italian)!

Words to live by: “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." — Robert Louis Stevenson

Song of the day: Love and Happiness by Al Green

The coffee is still forthcoming…

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Remember that kid who said he’d bring me coffee during cleaning period? As of yet, no dice.

Yesterday I ran into him and he looked horrified. TEACHER I’M SORRY I FORGOT I’LL BRING YOU COFFEE TODAY DURING CLEANING PERIOD. I assured him that it wasn’t necessary, but he insisted that he would. He didn’t.

Today I ran into him on my way to lunch. I gave him a look, and jokingly asked him where my coffee was. He dug into his pockets, pulled out a 500 won coin, and holding it over his head video-game style, and shouted I HAVE MONEY TODAY.

So, we’ll see.

Coffee and Good Cheer

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Ugh 2.9. 2.9. It’s so frustrating teaching them because anything that works well with any other class flops. They’ve been getting better but even their “better” in my class isn’t great. I lectured the class as a whole, talked to some kids individually, and left class feeling really discouraged when I ran into one of my favorite second graders.

I asked how his day was and he responded “FANTASTIC” with a giant grin on his face, then asked me how I was. Something must have shown in my face, because when I answered “oh I’m fine” he could tell something was up.

“What’s wrong, teacher?”
“Oh nothing. I just want to sleep. Mornings are very difficult. I must go drink coffee.”
“I WILL BUY YOU COFFEE.”
“Oh no! You don’t have to buy me coffee.”
“Yes Teacher! I will buy you coffee! Wait a moment please!”

The student thrust his hand into his pockets and then realized that he was wearing his gym uniform, and then hurriedly explained that he could not buy me coffee because he didn’t have any money on him, but that he would buy me machine milk coffee during cleaning period. I assured him that he didn’t have to, but he insisted.

I realize that I haven’t been blogging very much recently. Recently I’ve been slammed with work (both professional and personal), but that doesn’t mean that my life has ceased to be interesting. I’m still having good days and bad days, and more commonly just days with good and bad moments, and though I won’t be here much longer I’ll make renew my effort to write all those moments down, so I don’t forget them when I go.

Coffee

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

I have been lectured twice in recent days about my coffee habit, once by a student and once by a teacher.

One student brought me  a present – a can of poweraid. She said that she knows I like coffee, but she gave me this instead because it’s healthier and she thinks I drink too much coffee.

Today I had lunch with a teacher who asked me what I ate for breakfast. I truthfully answered that I don’t eat breakfast, I just drink coffee, and she became very worried about the state of my digestive system.

I may have a problem.

Coffee

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

I have been lectured twice in recent days about my coffee habit, once by a student and once by a teacher.

One student brought me  a present – a can of poweraid. She said that she knows I like coffee, but she gave me this instead because it’s healthier and she thinks I drink too much coffee.

Today I had lunch with a teacher who asked me what I ate for breakfast. I truthfully answered that I don’t eat breakfast, I just drink coffee, and she became very worried about the state of my digestive system.

I may have a problem.

CO

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

So continuing from day 3…

Right after leaving the small town I headed up to the peaks again to meet up with the rest of the group… well riding up the Gondola it just stopped. And I was riding alone so I was mentally preparing to write out my will on my phone as the cables (including my little world) were raising UP and DOWN to extreme levels. It was a bit terrifying…

solo riding.

solo riding.

literally the rest of the day consisted of traveling to Lafayette , CO and running away to eat at a pizzeria where our cashier was obviously stoned out of his mind. Mary and I literally went to bed at 8:30… I went to bed because she did and she claims to still be on “virginia time”… its crazy. I couldn’t sleep. I just laid there being beaten by a thrashing Mary who sleep talked and screamed during the night scaring me to death. Woman.

(oh and my dad got us hot spot access on our phones… which is awesome and I love it. THANKS DAD.)

Day 4!

So woke up still really sore… but not on death row anymore so Mary and I were off to hit the slopes once again. We went to a different resort to board this time, Eldora! Mary decided today that she was going to try snowboarding… lets just say she got hit with some serious karma for making fun of me the other day. At least I stayed up except for getting off the ski lift and stopping at the very end.. (today I cleared it! no falls at either end thank you!!)

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Eldora Resort!

Eldora Resort!

To and from Eldora we stopped in an ADORABLE town called Nederland, CO. I was a little obsessed. We stopped in a coffee shop built in an old train car named “Buffalo Bills: coffee and confections”. They made fresh mini doughnuts there and let me just say, they were delicious…

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OH! I also saw like REAL prairie dogs just doing their thing in the wild. I liked it.

Since then I have eaten probably way too much, played role of soccer mom picking up the kids, and chilling on the couch watching disney channel. Life is good.

Mary is literally trying to convince me to have another 8:00 bed time.. I may fight her.


The Coffee Fairy

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

I should probably preface this story by saying that in South Korea we (students, teachers, professionals, old people, young people, you name it) drink a whole lot of instant coffee. You can buy it in many forms, in individually portioned and easily portable sticks that contain sugar, cream, and coffee, in big bags of just powder, in individual cups filled with strange flavor combinations (vanilla cappuchino drip mocha coffee) at convenience stores, and most notably in vending machines.

Our school, like every other (high) school I’ve been to, has at least two coffee vending machines. You put in 200 – 400 won (20 to 40 US cents – I’ve found that the more rural you are, the cheaper the coffee – in Changpyeong it’s 200, Yesan it was 300, Seoul it was 400) and choose what flavor you want. A dixie cup drops down and spurts out powder and hot water, and voila! Instant cheap caffeine fix.

Now I normally don’t use the vending machine – I’m a teacher and have my own desk and mug, so I tend to just buy my coffee sticks in bulk and mix there, or have tea like a classy person, but sometimes I want to take a short walk, or I’ve run out of coffee, so I pay the coffee vending machine a visit. 200 won is very cheap but also an awkward amount, so normally I pay with a 1,000 won bill, or a 500 won coin. I like to leave the rest of my change in the machine, so that way when students are on their break and about to put in money to buy coffee it’s like a magical coffee fairy visited and granted them access to the magical world of height-stunting, tongue-scalding, sugary-yet-not-quite-delicious hot beverages. I always make sure to do this when students are in their classes, so no one can chase after me with the change.

Today on my way back from my one class I met two first grade boys by the vending machine. They called me over (Boy A: PODOLSKI!!!! Boy B: Ya! Are you crazy? Call her Teacher! Emily: Guys. It’s Potosky. Pah-tah-ski) and we chatted for a bit about the trip they’re taking tomorrow. They then finished getting their coffee and using the leftover change bought me some as well.

What goes around comes around.