Ain’t Just Any Year Abroad


October 28, 2012 by ebostick1212

First off, apologies for the late post.  At the beginning of this school year I assumed that I would have a little something known as ‘free-time’.  This, however, is not the case.  While conversation assistants only work 12 hours a week in their public schools, they are encouraged to pick up private lessons for extra income.  I have gone a little bit overboard and took on eight private lessons, in addition to everything else.  This equals 30 hours of work, plus, down time walking in between classes, makes for a long day.

Generally I get up around 8, leave the house at 9, and I am out for the entire day.  Literally.  I leave the house and I do not get home until it gets dark (which, incidentally, happens much later here.) I climb into bed every night with a sense of satisfactory exhaustion that I never felt during my years in college.

I know people might fear that I am not getting a lot out of this experience culturally, as I am perpetually nose-to-grindstone. However, I disagree.  I may not be partying every night, or traveling every weekend, like a study abroad, but I am constantly knee deep in Andalucian culture.  I spend every afternoon with Spanish families, eating, talking, and learning.  I spend a lot more time with Spaniards than I do with any Americans!

I hope I will have some time to travel and go out, but of course, both of those things cost money, and to earn money requires work.  I guess this is the true ‘Welcome to the Real World!’

And lets be honest….there are definitely worse ways to start a morning.  I come in and I am greeted with choruses of ‘hola Betsy!’ and smiles!

One thought on “Ain’t Just Any Year Abroad

  1. Andrew says:

    Hey Bets,

    Glad to see you are keeping up with the blogging some. Great stories! If you have some time, fill us in on the food. We Bosticks can’t get enough.

    Love you,

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