The white flag is up, this is the final lap
A little nascar reference there. Not too much to update. I got my feedback on my course that I taught last week and was monitered during. He said I'm going to make an excellent teacher and that I'm very engaging, but tend to lecture a little too much... it was more of a shortcoming of the topic (US government) than anything, but compared to some of the reviews other students in the class got, I'm fine with that.
Anyway, Sunday was a pretty cool day for me. One brit in my class, Sarah, she and I became pretty good friends and her "bloke" (yeah you figure out what that means) was in town for the weekend. Anyway the three of us went up to El Escorial yesterday (Sunday) for the day and walked among the tombs of Philip II And Charles V, as well as countless other spanish monarchs. It was pretty cool. I got a good picture of Philip's living quarters and some of his maps of the world... I wish I could post them.
Sarah also had a huge going away party friday night where the whole class got together. Fortunatley my friend sent me ONE picture of Joe(the blokes name) and I chatting, which I am going to attempt to post after I put up this blog. Everyone got fairly "pissed" that night, so its not the best picture of me, but we were having a good time.
Back to Sunday now, Probably as much fun was talking politics (specifically the war in Iraq) with Joe we did have a 45 minute train ride each way. He was very against it and couldn't believe how well I could articulate a position for the war until I told him I had a radio show. They were both really cool people and its nice to know I have a place to stay up in Manchester, should I "fancy a holiday to Britian." I am strongly considering it, they told me that a ferry over to Ireland from Manchester is only about 20 round trip. I could do a weekend and a day up there,go through london, stay in Manc for the night, go over to Ireland for a day or so, and come back to Madrid. The question, remains, when.
Which brings back to my job. The course ends this friday and I give them my CV on Wed. Aparently everyone gets a job and we'll be having phone calls for interviews on friday and will have something figured out by early the following week. It sounds as though we will all be working for about three diferent companies for about 10 hours a week, a total of 30 hours, with timing flexibility. The beautiful thing about this course is that its one of the most reputable in Spain, so companies not even associated with EBC do their best to hire its graduates, so even if for whatever reason EBC's sister company doesn't work out, I'll have a job.
So 30 hours a week, with a flexible schedule = travelling soon, hopefully. I'm going to check out the job scene before I make any definite plans, but I'm already thinking Paris and Rome...London and Dublin... maybe as far as Vienna. Who knows!
Also I got a haircut, finally, here in Spain. What a proccess THAT was. Try to imagine explaining to someone in spanish to "cut your sideburns." I don't even know how to say scissors. I think he did a fairly good job all things considered
I do miss you all a lot and am still fairly homesick, I hear it gets worse before it gets better. You all know my email addy, Send me some email.
Anyway I gotta get going, I'm exhausted and am thinking about a nap. I was up early today picking up a package from the post office (Thank you!!!).
Keep in touch folks.