Let’s Check Back In With My Goals, Shall We?

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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’.

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