SPAIN

THE MOVE

Circumstances have brought me to Spain. The moment I set foot in Spain, it was “All in all”, has been a challenging change of environment, scenery and culture. Adapting to a new country and place, one which is more progressive and richer than your own, not only to a new culture, but to a new idea of culture. That first trip was eight years ago, the truth is, I never really thought that I would. I believe it´s because of divine providence that I am here now. However, I realized that if I was going to make a move, I have to do it then or I likely never would. Looking at that way, decided to move, and within few months,I set up in Madrid.

CASTILLANO

Moving to Spain was not as easy as what expected—especially in the beginning. My language mix-ups ranged from the hilarious to the frustrating, speaking a language other than your own daily has certainly not been easy and it was a couple of years before I really felt comfortable. I am particularly curious by mañana habit, los toros, los choros, la paella, el sol, el flamenco, la siesta and las playas. I knew about Philippines as one of Spain’s former colonies, but this was new, as it knotted my English-speaking life and my hunger of improving my Spanish together in a new way.

LIFE & WORK AWAY FROM HOME

I´ve been here almost a decade now and find myself living in just another country, It´s finally home away from home. As I settled into life in Spain, I discovered something I did not expect. Living & working in a foreign country, when you have adjusted to it, is life as usual—it just happens somewhere else. Going around Madrid no longer bewilders me because it’s now my city. It´s where I work, move and live.

ESL TEACHING

As the group is small and my students are adults and when you as a teacher is honestly interested in other people, cultures, and the world, any barriers quickly collapse. If you really give attention and listen to them, you can design the course to fit into their needs, get along well, and still cover the material required. You don´t normally hit it off very well from the beginning of class and if they are quick learners with a good basic foundation, I don’t mind setting aside the textbook then allowing students lead into topic areas that otherwise would not be covered and using them to illustrate new language skills. Teaching children in small groups is a lot of fun and as they are good imitators, the load of work is lighter. However, working in a Spanish company/academy is tough. There is uncertainty and many times it´s energy draining and time-consuming. You are expected to working long hours for low wages, no matter who you are working for. They’ll pay you little. Being an English teacher is not particularly difficult—the most difficult & frustrating part will be organizing your schedule so you’re not traveling an hour or more throughout the day to different class locations.

My Camera & Me Collection of Photos, Spain 2003-2009  

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, BARCELONA

Retiro Park, Madrid Autumn ´09

Retiro Park, Autumn´09, MADRID

Galician North Coast, Spain

Atlantic View, GALICIA, North Coast, Spain

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´Sunrise´ Bardeos, GALICIA

Full Moon in Madrid

Full Moon, Chamartin, MADRID

The Royal Palace, Madrid

El Palacio Real, MADRID

Los Cathedreales, Galicia

Los Cathedreales, GaLICIA

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"The Cross" GALICIA

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Cathedral´ Walls Astorga

Agbar Tower, BARCELONA

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The ´Correos´ MADRID

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Sundown, Alcala de Henares, Winter´08

”Sunset

                                                                               

     

 

 

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