Monday. First day for many things. For us, school. Today we started training to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). We started the day early, just in case, of what I’m not sure, but just in case. You know, first day jitters. Interestingly, although everything went well for us — we had hot water for showers and food for breakfast — the main water supply (a big bottle on a stand) had leaked over night and flooded the kitchen floor. Fortunately for us, it was someone else who found it and cleaned it up before we got down there. While it left no potable water in the jar, we had plenty in bottles in the refrigerator, so no one went without.
Class itself was very interesting. There are 12 of us of various backgrounds and ages. Lyn and I are probably the oldest, but Mark is close. Then there was Gabriel, Andrea (33), Nicole, Peter (from Germany), Kate, Justin, Ailsa, Jocelyn, and Michael. A very diverse group with very different interests. The reason I know Andrea’s age is because we ran into her at dinner and I asked her. (You know me….) Our teacher, Raul, is from Spain and has taught in a variety of countries around the world. He is very engaging.
This week we will be in class until noon most days, although we do start our “observations” tomorrow. Mine is at 5 p.m., Lyn’s is at 7 p.m. This is where we observe classes being taught to get ideas and learn various techniques. Fortunately, the school is directly across the street!
The lessons today were mostly about what qualities you need to teach, a history of teaching languages and where things stand today, with some icebreakers. The icebreakers were interesting, as we learned what types of these activities would be for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
So much to learn!
News from Home
The good news is: We sold our house! It only took 3 days and the first offer was cash and more than we were asking. While there were three offers total, we went for the first as it was the simplest and best of the three. We close February 19. That is both exciting and terrifying, as we will need to get all of our stuff out of the house in 9 days!
On a positive note, it does mean that our dog sitter and the dogs can move back into our house. I’m sure she is relieved, as the dogs will be to be home.
Other good news is that I was successful in setting up a prepaid debit card from Lyn’s mother. Now I can easily transfer money onto it from her own account so she can go shopping and get cash without overdrawing her bank account. Of course, when I called her to tell her, she informed me that she once again couldn’t get her phone to work. Her boyfriend, Don, had to take her to the AT&T store so she could get it fixed. Phew! Someone else is now dealing with her inability to figure things out! If that sounds mean, you have to understand, I have been troubleshooting her problems for 7 years now. I don’t mind helping people, but it helps when they try a little.
A Small Celebration
To celebrate the sale of our house, Lyn and I found a lovely restaurant called Andareigo’s. It was lovely. We started out with free taco appetizers and then taquitos. Our main courses were, for me, a fish fillet with white wine sauce, rice and veggies; and for Lyn, a stuffed sirloin. Of course, no meal is complete without flan. This was the BEST EVER flan! I was totally in love with it.
As is typical for me, I started chatting up a couple sitting near us. They were from Canada and were excited to learn about our adventures. From there we went to the beach to watch the sunset. Again, I can’t help myself. I talk to everyone. There we met a lovely women from Quebec who has spent the last four months floating around Mexico, totally enamored with the country and the people. She took a picture of Lyn and I against the sun setting over Banderas Bay.
Although we had taken a bus to the restaurant, we decided to walk back to our apartment, which was much closer than we expected. Along the way we stopped at a hotel so I could use the bathroom and ran into Kevin and Sara, the couple I spoke to in the restaurant. They were so taken with our adventure, they wanted to know more about it and whether they might do the same. We were happy to share our information with them about the school and hope they follow up. Turns out, too, that Sara plays tennis. She and I are going to try to play Wednesday afternoon. They have a racquet I can use. Wow!
It seems that when things are meant to be, they go very smoothly. So far that has been the case with us. I feel particularly blessed to be able to live out this dream with my best friend (Lyn) along with me. I know this is way out of his comfort zone, and I applaud him for taking such a bold leap.
Life is good!