Don’t worry friends! I am STILL alive! I have just been busy settling into my new place, my new school, meeting new friends, and getting back into the swing of Spanish life!
I’m working hard on accomplishing my goals for this year:
–Practice, Practice, Practice Spanish! Seriously, my dream would be to speak Spanish alllllll day everyday.
–Learn to be more patience…If my preschoolers are going to survive the year with me I better learn quick!
–Make Spanish friends…this should be easier than last year since I have more free time and Torremolinos is a larger city!
–Experience more of Spain…last year I traveled a ton, but most of it was outside of Spain. This year I want to explore more of Spain and learn more about its culture!
Now many of you know that I am now placed on the western side of Andalucía in the provience of Malaga. I am living in the beach side city of Torremolinos with two other girls, Blair and Clarisse. Sadly the only roomie pic that has been taken was taken by some American lady we met at Dunkin’ Donuts and it was with her phone.
I’m working in a primary school in the El Pinillo neighboorhood. However, this is their first year having a bilingual program, and said program is in their preschool classes. So I am working with 3, 4, 5 year olds and 1st grade. WOOF, is an understatement. I work with some great English teachers, and I’m super excited to see how the program grows!
I have a few trips planned already to Brussels for a weekend, and Finland and Madrid for Christmas/New Years (Shout out to Andy and Lauren who will be heading to Spain!). Other than that, I hit up my old stomping grounds in Sevilla, Bollulos, and Huelva for a reunion weekend! I will have to admit I do miss Bollullos and my Spanish Family there, but I am loving Torremolinos. It is a bigger city, but I am finding so many more experiences and activities I can do!
I could ramble on and on about my new life here, but I believe pictures will do a better job…
I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with old friends, making new friends, and eating A LOT of delicious food.
I have also made the decision to do less private tutoring so I can go and explore Malaga, practice my Spanish and do other activities.
I’m also getting use to teaching preschool kids instead of the normal primary aged kids. Recently, we just celebrated Halloween (they take this holiday very seriously here in Torremolinos). I dressed up as a Barcelona football player, while most of my kids dressed up as scary undead Snow Whites, Zombies, ugly witches, etc. I seriously felt like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls when she shows up to the Halloween party as an “Ex wife” (AKA scary ugly costume) while everyone else is sexy playboy bunnies, but it was turned around and everyone else was in scary costumes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out this link:
All and all, I’m loving it here in Spain. Yes, I’m having to readjust again, but I’m still so happy I chose to do another year! I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me!