Vacation Time!

I’m leaving in a few hours to head to the airport to begin my annual Puerto Rico vacation. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to update during the time that I’m there so I’m giving you all a heads up that the blog may be a little abandoned. I’ll update as soon as I return, however.

Oh and I did finally make a decision regarding the two families that I was torn between to be their au pair. It was tough, but, in the end it came down to which family I felt I had the greatest connection with. I’ll keep you all posted with that as well once I come back 🙂

¡Hasta Luego! ¡Besos!

Opinions Please!!!!

Alright, so awhile back I mentioned that I was looking into being an au pair while I do BEDA so I can save some rent money and still have that sense of “family” while abroad. For the longest time I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find a family. I’d spoken to quite a few, but none of them could really accommodate my BEDA schedule (i.e. they wanted me in the mornings to help the kids get ready and walk them to school when I would already have to be leaving to get to my colegio).

Since nothing was working out, I started to look into apartments in the Moncloa area and kinda resigned myself to the fact that being an au pair was just not in the cards for me. Well, last week I began speaking with 2 families. One lives in right next to Majadahonda where my colegio is located. The other lives right in the center of Madrid. I have spoken with both families extensively and have skyped with both of them. I am utterly and completely torn as to which family to make a commitment to. Both families are extremely kind and very understanding regarding BEDA. Both know that I have classes on Friday evenings at Comillas and are perfectly okay with it. So, in the end, it’s a matter of preference of where I want to live. The problem is: How can I have a preference when I’ve never been to either of these places?

I have no idea if I would prefer to be in the outskirts of Madrid and closer to my colegio or if I would prefer city life and commuting to school. Does anyone know anything about either of these two areas and would like to offer some advice??? I’m all ears…

To TEFL or Not to TEFL.

I’ve been vacillating for over 3 months on whether on not to get TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified. I finally decided recently that I just want to go for it. Plus, I figure it can’t hurt to add another notch to the resume/CV. Now the problem has been deciding who to take the course with. There are a few programs that I could do in Spain and then there are the plethora of options for completing the certification online. I’m definitely leaning more towards the online route. I’m torn between i-to-i or getting the CELTA through Cambridge.

Ideally, I wanted to get this done before arriving in Spain, but I think I may just do it once I’m there. There is an examination center in Madrid for the CELTA so that won’t be an issue. I just think I could really benefit from something like this. I don’t have much experience when it comes to teaching a foreign language and if a person asks me why something is the way it is grammatically or phonetically, saying “Because it sounds nice that way” isn’t really going to cut it. And, let’s face it, English is one of those languages that has the least amount of structure. At least in Spanish and French there are rules and those rules are pretty much always stuck to. How do you begin to explain why the words heard/beard and dead/bead look similar, but are pronounced differently?

A person in the facebook group for auxiliares posted this clip from I Love Lucy and it shows the eccentrics of the English language perfectly:

MĂşsica.

I’ve been listening to a lot of my favorite Spanish songs since Spain is pretty much the only thing on my mind. I know, I hide it so well…I bet you didn’t even know I’m going to Spain.

Anyway, this is one of my favorites. It’s “Puede Ser” by El Canto del Loco with Amaia (back when she was still with La Oreja de Van Gogh).

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