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almostwhiteandblack:

♪ Did you ever know that you’re my heeeerooooo ♪

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— 13 hours ago with 66683 notes
teacher:are there any classes you are struggling with?
me:the bourgeois
teacher:what
me:what
karl marx:nice
— 1 week ago with 111683 notes
Is it the weekend yet?

Today was my first day at my new school, and while it seems like a good school there is one thing that I’m just like are you serious? The main thing is their dress code. Perhaps it’s because the it’s a Catholic semi-private school, but I can’t wear about 85% of my wardrobe. I can’t wear jeans and I can’t wear skirts or dresses unless they fall below my knees.

Almost ALL my skirts & dresses are above my knees (ranging from mid-thigh to right above). I got this info from another assistant who let me follow her throughout the day; I’m going to confirm with the co-ordinator about it, but I really hope it doesn’t have to be that long. I have a lot of clothes that look professional enough, it’s just that it hits right above my knee. 

Also, I am very tired. I’ve been on my feet all day and it’s only TUESDAY! I don’t have a permanent schedule yet, but I’m hoping it’s settled soon so I can start looking for private classes that fit my schedule. 

But other than the dress code thing, I think I’ve been placed in a pretty good school. I’ll be working with 5, 6 and first year of middle school students. I’ve never taught middle school before so it should be a learning experience. 

— 2 weeks ago
#BEDA Program  #teaching English abroad  #teaching in Madrid 
My First 10 Hours in Madrid

The last 10 hours have tiring. I arrived at around 1:30PM and was able to be out of the airport by 2PM. Sergio picked me up and we had lunch together at La Vaguada. I was soooo hungry by this point as my 2 hour flight from Brussels didn´t serve anything. I had never flown with Air Europa before and didn´t realize I would have to buy my food, so I decided not to buy food while I was at the airport. On top of that, I was having painful tummy problems during the entire flight. 

The good news is that I had the time and energy to stop by the office to fill out some paper work and now have my new private insurance card. I was reading about language assistants in the NALCA program and how some of them still haven´t received their cards (which means they can´t see a doctor). The co-coordinator with the BEDA program will also deal with my NIE/TIE (foreigner registration card) so all I have to do is show up at my fingerprinting appointment and then pick up the new card. I had been dreading having to do that on my own since I was a late comer, but evidently they¨re gonna do all the work for me. They´re also gonna get me a social security number which is nice. I had been meaning to get it for awhile, but never got around to doing it. 

Sorry if this post is all over the place by brain is still trying to adjust to the time different and tomorrow is the first day of work after having more than 2 months off. Although it´s the start of my third year, I´m a lot more anxious than I was last year. I´m in a new program and will be working at a new school, with a new co-teacher I haven´t even met yet. Wish me luck!

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note
#BEDA Program 
In Transit

Currently waiting at Brussels airpot waiting to board my flight to Madrid. I flew from Toronto with Jet Airways, and the service was pretty good. The food was meh but the staff was really friendly and there were lots of new movies and television shows to watch on our personal entertainment screens.

Leaving Toronto yesterday was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. The first time I left for Madrid in 2012 I was more excited than anything else. My last two trips were too quick to really feel settled in any way. This time I was in Toronto for 2 months. I was already starting to reconnect to friends and family in ways I couldn’t when I was only home for 2 weeks at a time. Don’t get me wrong , I’m super excited to be going back to Madrid, but this has probably one of the more difficult goodbyes ever.

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note
#MadridYear3LetsGo  #personal 
humansofnewyork:

“When you are a child, and you walk outside, and see that your neighbors house is gone, it puts something in you deep down. All the small children have fear. It’s always with us. Weddings, graduation parties, these are happy events. But something is always missing. We always feel it. Life is very complicated now. There are checkpoints and police harassment. We live like second-class citizens. The Arabs are afraid of the Israelis. The Israelis are afraid of the Arabs. Arab children are afraid of bombs. Israeli children are afraid of rockets. And it’s not like one side can win. The Israelis can never kill all the Palestinians. The Palestinians cannot kill all the Israelis. Only peace can end it. I’d say eighty percent want peace. The rest are crazy religious.”
(Jerusalem)

humansofnewyork:

“When you are a child, and you walk outside, and see that your neighbors house is gone, it puts something in you deep down. All the small children have fear. It’s always with us. Weddings, graduation parties, these are happy events. But something is always missing. We always feel it. Life is very complicated now. There are checkpoints and police harassment. We live like second-class citizens. The Arabs are afraid of the Israelis. The Israelis are afraid of the Arabs. Arab children are afraid of bombs. Israeli children are afraid of rockets. And it’s not like one side can win. The Israelis can never kill all the Palestinians. The Palestinians cannot kill all the Israelis. Only peace can end it. I’d say eighty percent want peace. The rest are crazy religious.”

(Jerusalem)

— 2 weeks ago with 4179 notes
After a hectic summer it’s official: I’m heading back to Madrid!

This summer has been so stressful. It started with me wanting to go back to South Korea to make some money and finally become debt free. After months of getting no interview requests, I finally got offered 2 positions in July. 

Both were with the public school system, one in Busan and another in a smaller city whose name I can’t even remember. Of course I went with the Busan one! So I gave my written acceptance, and was about to send off my documents when my friend urged me to email one of the teaching programs in Madrid as she was able to get a position that way a few days prior. 

At this point I was already pretty dead set on going to South Korea, but the idea of making new friends, re-learning Korean phrases and being in a long distance relationship worried me, so I sent an email. Unfortunately, the program was out of spots but suggested a school that was looking for a language assistant. I emailed, interviewed and was offered that position. 

At this point I had to make a decision so that I could tell my recruiter in Korea. I felt really bad because I had already accepted the position and hate going back on my word. However, I felt that I would rather back out at the point before the contract was written instead of heading over and then deciding midway through the year I couldn’t handle it. 

So I left Spain on July 31st thinking I would be headed back by the end of August.

WRONG!

The school I was hired by wouldn’t send me the contract via email (which is how most teaching programs in Spain work) and I had no way of getting a new visa to get back into Spain legally. I could have tried my luck at customs and gotten away without all the correct paperwork, but I’m a worry wart and I decided to find another way to get back to Spain legally.

Enter the BEDA Program. I was very lucky to be able to get a position with a school earlier in September and applied for my visa three weeks ago. Yesterday it was finally ready and I booked my flight. 3 more days until I leave Toronto and head back to Madrid! 

tldr; After months of not knowing where I would end up, I was able to secure a position with BEDA and am heading back to Madrid on Sunday!

— 2 weeks ago with 4 notes
#beda program 

magicbuffet:

i-got-kicked-by-pj:

hate-that-sadness-in-your-eyes:

Photographer Francois Brunelle has been working on an amazing project; searching for people who look strikingly similar but have no relation to each other. These are some of this incredible finds. 

 

this fucked me up

no way

I thought these were photos of twins! Now I wonder if I have a doppelganger somewhere in the world. 

(Source: southbound-is-heaven, via baddcaseofwanderlust)

— 3 weeks ago with 348417 notes
Found this while sorting out some of my stuff. A birthday card by @asansait from at least 10 years ago. #tbt (Note: “Ate” is a Filipino honorific for older sisters and Llana is what my family calls me.)

Found this while sorting out some of my stuff. A birthday card by @asansait from at least 10 years ago. #tbt (Note: “Ate” is a Filipino honorific for older sisters and Llana is what my family calls me.)

— 3 weeks ago with 1 note
#tbt 
100 Books You Must Read (According to the BCC)

As I wait for my new Spanish visa to be approved, I have a lot of free time. Yeah, I should probably go back to studying how to conjugate Spanish verbs, but I’m too lazy. (There are more than 10 tenses! >_< ) And since I’ve spent too much of this past month bingeing on TV shows (HIMYM, Previous ANTM cycles, Dr.Who, Fated to Love You (Korean Version), and many more random shows) I’ve decided to just read more books. I’ve actually read 5 books in the last month, but they’ve mostly been fluffly books and I want to get back to some classics.

Luckily, I found a  list of books you must read on Goodreads so I’m just going to make my way through the list. 

Crossed out are the ones I’ve already read.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (One of my favourites!)

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Bible (I don’t think I’ll ever read this front to back, but I’ve heard a lot of it as my family goes to mass every Sunday. Anyway, I know how the story ends.)

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (I’ve only read the first two.)

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (I’ve read a few, but not the whole series.)

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo 

— 1 month ago
#Reading is fun  #thank god for ebooks  #hurry up Spanish consulate