The wandering continues...

These past few weeks have been amazing. My trip to Paris was incredible and truly a dream come true, I traveled to a small town south of Madrid with friends to visit some wineries, and I continue with the usual changes to my schedule. I am sad to say that my Spanish classes have not been working out.  But I have a couple exciting trips and adventures ahead of me I am really looking forward to!

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My life in two words: Work and Travel

Today is officially ten months since I have moved to Madrid. The craziness of teaching and living abroad continues. Thankfully, I have squeezed Spanish classes back into my ever-changing schedule. I have booked three more trips, including a weekend trip this past weekend to the beautiful college city of Salamanca. My life can be summed up into two words: work and travel.

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Back at it

The summer schedules and vacations are now over and it’s back to work. Slowly. I was planning to have a slow schedule at the beginning of September and then be thrown back in by mid-September with a full 25-hour schedule and a processed work authorization. But nothing ever goes as planned as a TEFL teacher living abroad…

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A dream come true

The past couple weeks have been some of the best so far.  I celebrated my big 3-0 with a two-week trip to Croatia, a trip that was truly a dream come true.  I met people from around the world, saw the most beautiful and clear water, had delicious Croatian food and drink, and even had a small “romance”. Upon my return to reality, I celebrated my birthday with all the amazing people I have met in Madrid.  Although work and classes are starting up again, I am already looking forward to my next booked trip…

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Intermission

These past few weeks have been quite eventful! I have added three more countries to my list of countries visited, worked, hung out with friends, and continued with Spanish classes. The summer in Madrid is definitely different. My friend and I coined it as an intermission.  Our life is on hold for the summer while everyone is on vacation and the city is empty.  But, I appreciate the break and am taking advantage by going on my big trips.  My central Europe trip was amazing; the views, the food and drinks, and the people I met. Definitely a trip of a lifetime!

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Finally, time to enjoy

I cannot believe that summer is halfway over already. Where has the time gone?  I take back what I said before…It is true that there is less work in the summer for TEFL teachers.  My schedule started off strong, but day by day, more and more classes were cancelled.  But some work is better than no work! And with this extra time, I have been able to focus on Spanish, hang out with friends, meet new people, and have new experiences such as going on a hike with a friend outside the city center and see breathtaking views of Madrid from an unexpected location.

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Time to reflect

It’s crazy to think that I have been living abroad for officially six months! As I reflect back to when I first arrived, there have been so many great experiences and people I have met along the way. Teaching abroad has not been what I expected but it certainly has its rewards. Summer has been going well so far and I am excited about my two big European trips this summer. But for now, I really need to focus on living in the now.

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Summer is officially here!

I have been anxiously waiting for this moment to finally have time for all the things I have been wanting to do: regular Spanish classes, language exchanges, meeting new people, enjoying the city, and, of course, more adventures.  Everyone said that summer is slow in Madrid for TEFL teachers due to summer vacations and the intense summer heat. Boy, was that a big misconception!

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