Settling In

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…

The AH-mazing view from my terrace at my house.

The AH-mazing view from my terrace at my house.  Honestly, I prefer to spend time in my house than with real people.

I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with old friends, making new friends, and eating A LOT of delicious food.

Enjoyed my flight to Madrid with this awesome chica!

Enjoyed my flight to Madrid with this awesome chica!

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Livin’ da dream.

Sshhhhhh…don't tell our landlord.  This is why we can't have nice things.

Sshhhhhh…don’t tell our landlord. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Our first trip to the supermarket…we learned Mercadona delivers to our house!

Ensaladilla rusa from my new favorite restaurant, La Lechuga (Literally the lettuce).

Ensaladilla rusa from my new favorite restaurant, La Lechuga (Literally the lettuce).

Making memories while burning down Malaga Centro.

Making memories while burning down Malaga Centro.

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Weeks before I arrived, I was DREAMING about a tostada con tomate y aciete.

Making new Spanish friends…AKA making friends with bartenders at a local Chiringuito (A little open bar that does fish frys).  Literally they told us the bar was our "house,"  little did they know we would take them seriously.

Making new Spanish friends…AKA making friends with bartenders at a local Chiringuito (A little open bar that does fish frys). Literally they told us the bar was our “house,” little did they know we would take them seriously.

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Family night!

TAPAS TAPAS TAPAS!

TAPAS TAPAS TAPAS!

Enjoying some great Chinese food and great views!

Enjoying some great Chinese food and great views!

CHOCCCCOOOOOOOOO. Not one bit embarrassed that I ate a whole racion which is for at least two people...

CHOCCCCOOOOOOOOO. Not one bit embarrassed that I ate a whole racion which is for at least two people…

Scrabble is already a tough game (at least in my opinion), try playing it in Spanish...

Scrabble is already a tough game (at least in my opinion), try playing it in Spanish…

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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.

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This is the winery of El bodega de Pimpi. Famous Spanish people sign their wine barrels.

Enjoying local street art in Malaga.

Enjoying local street art in Malaga.

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The view of the center of Malaga from the Moroccan Alcazaba.

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More amazing views from the Alcazaba

My cousin Ana took sometime to come visit Malaga!

My cousin Ana took sometime to come visit Malaga!

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My old territory of Sevilla!

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My home away from home: Bollullos. Words cannot describe how great it was to be back there.

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rarqDa6_T-g

Halloween party vocab

Halloween party vocab

Spider crafts…and yes we later learned spiders only have 8 legs, not 10.

Spider crafts…and yes we later learned spiders only have 8 legs, not 10.

The preschool teachers I work with.

The preschool teachers I work with.

My little nuggets

My little nuggets

How is it possible that a 5 year old can scare you?

How is it possible that a 5 year old can scare you?

Trick or treating for Mandarin orange pumpkins!

Trick or treating for Mandarin orange pumpkins!

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!

I get this everyday!

I get this everyday!

2 thoughts on “Settling In

  1. Debby Cradick says:

    Wow! I don’t think we need to worry about you going hungry! You really need to describe the food more…I don’t speak Spanish, but now I want a bagel with everything on it!!!!

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