Well, I am living abroad...yet again. After Singapore, Spain, Turkey, Korea the Netherlands (and returning to Spain for a Masters) I've unpacked my backpack a little closer to home in Mexico. I live in Culiacan where I am trying my hand at teaching English to University and high school students. Below you'll find random updates as I go to festivals, explore my city or just feel like sharing a random story.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

And so it begins

Hola todos!

I woke up this morning to two somewhat smiling cherubs watching me from the walls and a flowing statue of Jesus, Joseph and Mary beckoning me to wake up and seize the day. I am not on the Camino de Santiago again; rather I am in Culiacan chilling in a homestay waking up for my first day of work. Oh Mexico!

I also have a cricket serenading me who I have recently discovered is about the size of my nieces head (ok small exaggeration, but at least her fist…maybe two!) and lives with me in my room not directly outside of it as I originally thought.

Oh well, it worked pretty well for Pinocchio (until he ignored the cricket and ditched school and started to turn into a pig and what not), but before that Jiminy was a pretty good friend to have so I will keep him.

The cricket BTWs is not a reaction to a messy room. I did unpack and my room is flawless at the moment. The overall the wall show organizer is perfect for makeup, belts, purses, and all that other girlie stuff I do not use nearly enough, plus the purple is a nice detraction from the slightly demonic angel heads watching me sleep (might I add I had a horrendous nightmare last night so I think I would prefer dream catchers).

Anywho, so I am here typing from my new office (with a window view of trees, palm trees, sunshine and cute little red bences) in Culiacan. I am currently staying with a very nice lady who was born and raised here (Dorita) as well as a fellow teacher (last in India but also from San Diego). Tomorrow we look at phones and some apartments (I may decide to share with my colleague, or not…TBA).

The boring details I teach 4 classes a week:

2 at the high school (one at 8:30-10:00 MWF, the other at 10:30-12:00 MWF)


2 at the college (one at 7:00-8:30 MWF, the other 3:00-4:30 MWF)

There’s a small grace period, where I take roll 5 minutes AFTER class starts and I let students out 5 minute earlier.

I need to be on campus from 8-1, and 4-6. However, I get 3 hours to play with so later I can decide to show up later Tuesdays and Thursdays, and maybe get off early on Fridays. I still need to play with the schedule, but it seems OK.

Basically, that is about it for now (I am sure I am missing something but it cannot be THAT important and I am sure to mention it later if it is).




Zindy said...

Ok. I'm confused. 7-8:30 AM or PM??? How come you have to teach6 hours a day three days a week and I had to teach 5 hours a day 5 days a week. Nice blog. Keep up the good info and I'll leave you alone. DAD

Carissa said...

AM I am off every day at 6 (well I think I{ll move it to Fridays at 5, but not sure yet)