Monday, May 12, 2014

The Final Countdown


I only have two school days left in Barcelona and then I am headed home! This is very bittersweet for me. I have loved my time here. I have had a very interesting time in sixth grade. I have learned a lot more about my personal teaching style and my preference on classroom management. Working with students in a different country has really shown me how diverse this world is and there are various ways to teach students. I will miss my talkative students and their laughter when I try to speak Spanish. I will miss be able to walk through the town and discovering a new part of Barcelona every week. I will miss the teachers at the school and the friends I have made while in Spain. I will miss the bakery we like to go to after school and the never ending fun on Las Ramblas. I will especially miss the Gelato! However, I am so looking forward to seeing my family and my JD. Also, I cannot wait to come home and graduate this weekend. I am so thankful for my opportunity to student teach here, it has been a true blessing. I know that this experience has only made me a better teacher candidate and I cannot wait to share all of my Barcelona stories! Please keep me in your prayers for safe travel on Thursday, because Mamma I am coming home!!!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ooh La La, Paris!

We went to Paris this past weekend, what an adventure. We arrived Thursday evening and it was quite a mess. We did not realize that the airport we arrived in was over an hour away from Paris. It was pouring down rain and freezing. I was wearing sandals and was not dressed properly for the colder weather. We had to take a bus, similar to our Greyhound buses, to Paris which took well over an hour. Once there we had to ask for directions to our hotel and had to get a one way ticket on the metro to a station near our hotel, a 45 minute ride. We got to the station hungry, soaked, and still lost. We decided to stop in at a local food place to eat dinner and ask for directions. Once there, the guys working spoke very little english and their directions consisted mostly of grunts, a basic hand-drawn map and pointing. We left and ventured back out in the rain. We were so thankful after walking for a while to finally find our hotel! However, we were feeling very discouraged and missing our home away from home, Barcelona. We decided that, rain or shine, we were going to go to the heart of Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. We boarded another metro and about 45 minutes later outside our window on the metro the Eiffel Tower appeared! We were so happy! We went to the tower and looked at it in awe for sometime while it continued to rain. We then left and got chocolate and banana crepes and returned to our hotel. Our luck had definitely turned around. The next day, we bought a two-day pass to ride a bus that would take us around the city to all of the main attractions. The first day we got off at the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. We waited in a HUGE line, and a couple hours later we were able to go in. The Mona Lisa was in a room that was unbelievably crowded. People were literally right on you. The painting was smaller than we expected, but still amazing! Well worth the wait. After touring around for a couple more hours, we went back to our hotel. The next day, Saturday, was absolutely beautiful! The sun was finally out and we decided to go up into the Eiffel Tower. We had to wait in another long line, but the view was breathtaking. We toured around Paris for many hours after and loved learning all about the city. Paris is not a trip that I will ever forget! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sweet Barcelona

I am absolutely loving my time in Barcelona! I have been here for a little over a week now and there have not been many dull moments. This past week we have been to many beautiful sights in Barcelona. We have been to Tibidabo, Park Guell, Segrada Familia,  and Las Ramblas just to name a few. I am loving the Mediterranean sun here and the beach we visited was beautiful. I am still working on trying all of the food. All of the food dishes involving chocolate have been amazing, however, I am still not loving all of the seafood. I am working in a very nice private school in a sixth grade classroom. The school is so nice and overlooks the city of Barcelona. I was very surprised to see that they serve wine everyday at lunch, but the school lunches are very tasty. I love being able to work with the students here and improve their english skills for testing next week. So far this experience has been such a blessing. Tomorrow morning we are headed to Paris to sightsee over our three day weekend. Prayers are very much appreciated!! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Plane Rides Later

After hours of being confined in a plane, I am finally in Spain! We were greeted at the airport by our contact person, who happens to also be my supervising teacher (go me!), and we had a full day ahead of us! First we had to exchange our money, the money over here is very similar however their bills are all different sizes and colors which confuses me! After this we took a fast taxi ride to where we will be staying for the next 3 and 1/2 weeks. The residency is half for college aged girls and half for nuns! My mom would definitely approve. After a tour of the building and dropping off our luggage we walked to the train station (which is really a subway/bus station, with no 'trains') and got out tickets for traveling via bus to and from school. Next,we rode the bus to the bus stop that was closest to the school and had to walk the rest. The hill to get to the school puts the WKU hill to shame! We had a tour of the school and I got to see my classroom, it was more like a campus since the school is made up of different buildings. After our tour we were able to stop at grocery store for some necessities and then walked back to our residency for our free time! It is currently 3:30 here and I am ready for dinner and bed! I am having a great first day though!! Tomorrow I will get to meet my students and have my first day of class! The picture is the view from my window in my apartment. The building right across the street is a hospital. We were informed that it is where Shakira had her baby, no big deal! Spain is so beautiful! Please continue to pray for me.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

In just four short weeks I will be beginning my last college adventure in Spain! I never would have dreamed I would have been able to muster up the courage and commit to studying abroad. My major has been so rewarding to me these past few years and I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been presented with. God has brought so many blessings into my life this year and I am unbelievably excited to share my experiences with you. I appreciate all of the support that everyone has given me. The countdown is officially on, keep me in your prayers!