Saturday, January 17, 2015

Back to real life!

What a week it has been!  This was my first official week back to work/school/real life.  It was crazy, verrrrry long, unpredictable, and busy but I loved it.  I will give you a brief summary.  

As I mentioned in my last post, I am getting very serious about my Spanish now/this year!  I signed up for some classes and they began last Monday.  Much to my surprise two of my friends who I haven't seen or talked to since last time I was here were also sitting in the exact same Spanish class.  It was so good to see them and nice to have some familiar faces in my class!  Through this course, we take 3 hours a week; 1.5 on Monday and Friday mornings.. I love it so far!  Our teacher is from South America and so sweet and dedicated to us learning and improving our Spanish.  There are two more girls in my class- one actually from Chicago (such a small world I swear!) and another from Canada.  I am really excited about this course, becoming more comfortable speaking Spanish, and SO happy the times and days worked with my crazy work schedule! 

Speaking of work.. It has been CRAZY!  I am now at a very full schedule and couldn't be happier (okay and a little overwhelmed!).  I am working for 2 different language academies (neither of them are the same schools I worked for last time I was here) and also doing ALOT of private classes.  Working for an academy basically means they send me to schools, homes, and buisnesses and provide me with (some) material for the classes.  Doing privates- I am all of my own, go to my students homes and get paid directly from them.  There are pros and cons to both, so I am very happy I got lucky with both working for academies (that are centrally located and not an hour away like my last academy was last time I was here) and doing lots of privates.  I met an American girl who was returning to the states shortly after I got here and luckily she graciously gave me all of her private lessons and they are amazing!!  I have a big group of my students this year that are between the ages of 12-16 which is very different from the last time I taught here.  It has been great so far though.. They are all very intelligent and hardworking students, which makes my job so easy and fun!  

Besides for work and class, I of course spent my days/evenings spending time with Carles, (which is unfortunately very limited during the week seeing as he is up and gone by 8am and home around 7pm and I am not home until 9, 10, or 11pm in the evenings) squeezing in the gym when we could, trying to cook and eat heathy, and FaceTime with my mom and family when both of our schedules allow. WHEW!  Talk about a busy first week back.  

After I get used to my crazy schedule taking buses, trams, metros, and walking from one side of the city to the next, bouncing from one flat to the next school to the next buisness, lesson planning, and studying for Spanish.. I will have more of a stable routine and it will be less chaotic.  Let's just say the glass of wine I had last night wasn't small! :) 

Tonight Carles and I are taking his cousin, Daveed out to a really nice sushi place here in Barcelona called Ikibana for his birthday.  It is one of the best sushi places I have ever had so needless to say.. I am excited!  

Keep my family in your thoughts today as they are finally moving my grandma to Pecan Lane!  This has been such a stressful yet exciting time for everyone.. And today is the big day!!  I wish I were there to help but know I have been thinking about you all day guys!  Love you all! 

I will leave you with two pictures I snapped last night on my way home from work... I can't explain the beauty I find in this city every single day!  Amazing! 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Xoxo

1 comment:

  1. I hope it all smooths out soon for you! Sounds like you are off to a great start!!! HUGS!