Hola a todos! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a blog (my sincerest apologies), but I’ve just been having too much fun!
What has happened since my last post? Well, I’ve nearly completed my first two months of work, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. As I mentioned before, I work in an amazing school and I honestly do love it. The kids that I teach are so enthusiastic and willing to learn. They are also good at providing a confidence boost as they act like they’ve just seen a celebrity when I come into their classroom!
I have also managed to pick up some private lessons after school. The number of parents looking for a native speaker to come to their house to speak English with their kids is unbelievable. The demand is so high and it is a great way of earning some extra pocket money. This comes in handy as what I earn in a week from private lessons usually covers my groceries and transport for the week so I can use my salary for rent and travelling!
The beauty of private classes is that there is next to no preparation involved. Nada. All I have to do is turn up and speak to the kids in English, whether that be while playing, helping with their homework or just general conversation. My youngest students are 4 and 5 years old and during my last lesson with them we spent the whole hour painting. Yes, you read that correctly. I got paid to spend an hour painting with kids. I’m certainly not complaining.
In the middle of October, I took a trip back to the UK for my cousin’s hen weekend in Liverpool. This was an incredible weekend and the best part about it was that Lauren had no idea that I was coming! I have no idea how we all managed to keep it a secret from July to October. I still can’t watch the video of me surprising her without having a little cry!
As you can imagine, this weekend consisted of alcohol and a lot of laughs. From playing silly games to getting fully glammed up to go out on the Saturday night the fun literally did not stop. The highlights of this weekend for me were definitely the cocktail making class and finally getting to go to Popworld (a club where they only play cheesy pop music. Best club ever!)
Having spent the weekend with people from home, leaving to return to Spain on the Sunday was so sad. The girls were flying back to Belfast an hour before me so I had a while to wait on my own before my flight. Time to say goodbye crept up on us so quickly and next thing I knew I was sitting in Liverpool airport by myself bawling my eyes out. I really need to learn to control my emotions in airports!
In between my trip to Liverpool and now I have travelled to Valencia, Barcelona and Perpignan which I will write separate blog posts about as they were all great trips!
Unfortunately, two weekends ago I had a little accident and fell and sprained my ankle, which was awful. I spent the whole day in A&E on the Sunday and ended up in a plaster cast for a week. I was unable to walk and I was in so much pain. Thankfully it is now on the mend and the bruising and swelling have gone down significantly.
The week that I was in the cast was the first time I had properly felt homesick. I think it was mostly a case of being unable to do things for myself and just wanting to be in a familiar, more comfortable setting. I honestly would have loved nothing more than a hug from my mum (miss you mom) and a nice strong cup of tea made by someone else – because a cup of tea is always nicer when made by someone else! Cabin fever had definitely set in and when the weekend came around I was so glad to get out of my flat!
The homesickness didn’t last too long, however, as the next weekend two of my cousins came to visit me for the weekend! I rarely spend my weekends in Murcia as I usually try to travel and see other places so it was nice to have a relaxing weekend with my cousins. We spent most of our time in coffee shops and bars, chatting and watching the world go by.
And with that, I think we are now up to date! I’m going to try my best to update my blog more frequently as I do enjoy filling you all in on what I get up to but sometimes I just can’t find the time. The saying is so true that time flies when you’re having fun.
Hopefully it won’t be as long between posts next time!