Is this for real? Do they really have these reactions? Adooooooorable! :)

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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!!

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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 googles are perrrrrfect <3 ;)))

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Mid 5-week crisis

So things are not going so well his 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…

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fawnjohn:

im such a linguistics nerd so i just started thinking of when you start talking to someone new online and you have to learn all their personal tone indicators and what :) or any other smilie actually means to them and how after a while you can tell when something is wrong just because they type something differently than normal and we all just learn and adapt to this type of communication so quickly to make these wonderful online friendships and its kind of amazing

this is the evolution of language and that of linguistics, wonderful! :)

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Getting a bit harder

Who would’ve thought that I would miss everything so soon? I miss my dog, the garden, my parents, my friends, and the places I know. And to think about the fact that I still have 8 more weeks left…! Maybe I would enjoy it much better if I had people around me but if I’m not teaching, I’m usually alone, and that sucks. I’ve been saying for a very long time to everyone that you can be happy on your own, you just have to find the right things to do, and sometimes being alone is even better than being with other annoying people. But I have to admit that this is a lie. I’m not enjoying my time anymore alone. It can be fun for a couple of days but during a longer period, you just start to miss everybody, and wish that you could go back to your original life where everything has its place, and where you have friends and family to cheer you up, and you don’t have to do the whole thing by yourself.

But anyway, I went to Bath yesterday, which was nice. I’m not really into sightseeing and going to museums but since I’m doing an extra class on Bath and Georgian architecture on Thursday, I thought that I should see some of these things. So I bought my expensive ticket to the Roman baths and to the Fashion Museum, I walked around a bit and took pictures of Georgian doors, had lunch by the river as I always do (and it always has to be a sandwich from Subway), walked a bit more, bought a strawberry milkshake and American donuts and went back home. Bath is an interesting city with its similar Georgian buildings, but I would never ever live there given the number of tourists that flood the streets. However, the English countryside is breathtaking! I love the colors, the hills, slopes, and forests, it’s all wonderful.

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Last week was very busy and I managed to make this one busy as well, which I’m glad about because I wouldn’t be able to find anything to do with the rest of my day if I had to finish teaching at 12:30. So hopefully, the week will run by, I will go running in the afternoons, maybe swimming as well, and then on Saturday I’m planning to go to the New Forest which is a massively huge national park an hour away from Salisbury. I can’t wait to see it! :D

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