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!