February 21, 2013 by ebostick1212
Several months ago, I assigned myself some goals, in order to provide some focus to my time in Spain. It has been almost seven months since I got here, so I think it is time to check in. In my academically oriented mind, I like to think of it as a midterm exam of sorts.
1. Learn Spanish: I have been doing really well with this goal. I may not be fluent yet, but I have noticed a definite improvement. I can speak faster, and it doesn’t seem so difficult to put a sentence together. I have even started to dream in Spanish!
2. Save some money: Ok, lets be honest. I had eight classes at the beginning of the year, but I had a group class cancellation, due to one of the students losing their job. So, I haven’t saved as much as I wanted…but…I have saved the majority of the grant that the Junta gives me. I have become reaaalllly good at living on a shoestring. Every little counts, right?
3. Travel as much as I can afford: My travel adventures have just begun! I went on a day trip to Cordoba, but the Mezquita was closed, so I definitely want to get back. Also, next week, I am headed to Granada for the first time! I will head to Malaga for Semana Santa. I am really excited to start seeing more of this beautiful region.
4. Make some friends: I am still working on finding friends my age, but for now I am happy to say that I get along really well with my co-workers, and my neighbors.
5.Try new food: This is something I have definitely done. I have racked up a list of my favorite tapas, including carrillada–braised pig jowl, espinacas con garbanzos–spinach with chickpeas, and solomillo al whisky–pork with whisky sauce.
So, what do you think? Do you think I passed my midterm exam? I think so. Things haven’t gone as perfectly as planned, but when does that ever actually happen? I think I have been doing a good job completing my goals, and creating new ones.
My newest goal? Work on becoming comfortable as the head of the classroom. I am assistant, but I’ve been put in the role of substitute teacher lately, and I am learning how to assume the role of ‘teacher’.