Wiltshire countryside, England
People are not the only ones you can say goodbye to and that you can miss. Everything, every sound, smell, the touch of the wind, the smell of the river, the sound of flying ducks and swans, the clouds in the sky - you can say goodbye to and miss all of these things.
I have had to say goodbye so many times in my life that it is slowly becoming a necessary part of it. But maybe that’s a good thing. Since I’m bidding farewell to so many things and people, I’m better at accepting that things pass and people move on. Sometimes you stay and others decide to leave you, sometimes the other way.
No matter how I’m getting more and more used to it though, that strange feeling as if something grabbed your throat always finds me and lingers for days or weeks until this whole period fades into some faint memory.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel I now… Part of me is happy that I’m moving on to the second stage of my summer that is also bringing going home closer, but another part of me feels a bit sad and nostalgic about Salisbury. To be honest, this isn’t an exciting place at all. Nothing ever happens here. Ever.
The outdoors is wonderful, nonetheless, and probably this will be the main thing I’ll miss in Manchester (but you know, who knows?). And I also really liked teaching at Kaplan. It’s a friendly, supportive place with nice and kind teachers and more or less nice students :P I’m 100% sure I never ever want to teach teens, so that’s decided, but I’d definitely like to come back here next summer.
I’m glad I could run every 2 or 3 days and I can’t wait to try out mountain biking in Manchester. Bye Salisbury, hope to see you next summer. Or will it be Kaplan Canada that time? Who knows? Love my life!!! :D
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Cute little snails ^_^
This is ridiculous. It’s 10 pm, I’m sitting at my desk IN F*CKIN ENGLAND and I’m sweating… What is going on with the weather nowadays? I came here believing that I will have a cloudy, cool summer. And what do I have? Burning sunshine, and damp, humid, sticky weather all day. This has gotta stop!!
I think I heard the word “downhill” for the first time 2 months ago. After that I just went home, switched on my laptop, googled it, and at that moment I literally got hooked. I haven’t stopped watching videos and reading every article about downhill and mtb since that time, and I’m thinking “Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous of these guys! I want to do this too! It must be amazing and feel fantastic! And then it also clicked “So, this is what those guys were doing who I kept seeing here and there with their cool bikes and helmets.”
Obviously, I will never be able to do anything like that in the video and I’ll probably never have a bike like those, but I still want to try it on a smaller scale. :)
Aaaand guess what I found in Manchester! There’s a MTB training center (http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/mtb/) where you can learn basic techniques and then try those out in the forest nearby. It sounds awesome, so I’ll try to do that while I’m there and we’ll see what’s gonna happen when I come back home.
And aaaaah, this whole thing is such a WOW! And guys in helmets and goggles are perrrrrfect <3 ;)))
So things are not going so well this week teaching-wise. I’m having a lot of problems with teens and now I know that I will never ever ever teach teens again. There are some nice ones out there, of course, but most of them are just whiny, bored, annoying beasts, and I’m just not capable of dealing with them. And seeing and hearing all the other more experienced teachers come up with these amazing game ideas in the staffroom, I just grow smaller and smaller, and feel totally inadequate. With adults, it’s so much easier - they want to be there, they want to achieve something, they know their money’s worth, so you can actually plan nice lessons for them with lots of discussions and other CELTA stuff. But teens don’t want to be in the classroom, they don’t want to do anything, they’re not interested in the topic, in the language, nothing, they just want to do nothing. And you always have to rack your brain to hide the grammar, hide the serious stuff, make everything fun and turn everything into a game. For some people it comes naturally; they can turn everything into something creative and enjoyable. But I personally prefer discussions, video lessons, some interesting topics. I might be a boring teacher in this respect. I don’t care. That’s who I am. I can spend hours at night designing some kind of a game that perhaps resembles what the others are doing, and it turns out to be a disaster the next day. I’m just not good at this. And yes, I could say that then this is something I need to focus on from now on, since I should be good at teaching all levels and ages. But no! I’m good at teaching adults, serious stuff, business and academic English and that’s it. I have no intention to become a YL teacher ever in my life. So, 7 more workdays and I’m done here in Salisbury.
On another note, I cycled to the New Forest on Saturday, which was fantastic! I got lost at least 10 times, I managed to somehow get on the highway and cycle there for some kilometers till I found out that I’m in the wrong place, and I got there in 2 hours instead of just 1. Still, when I actually got there, it was amazing! The forest was so tranquil and peaceful, I could try mountain biking a little, even though my borrowed bike was really not designed for that, and I loved every minute of it.
And on Monday I went running and I met a lovely sheep along the way. :)
So, my extracurriculars are alright, it’s just the teaching bit that’s getting on my nerves…