Archive for October, 2012

Application Overload

October 31, 2012

It’s been a little dull in the sky today as this kite hasn’t flown.  Instead I’ve been editing and amending and eventually submitting applications.  

There’s nothing quite like application overload to kill any inspiration you might have previously possessed.

If you’re still reading, I will keep in touch on here, as you’ve been so friendly reading this before.

How are you all, anyway?


New Horizons

October 29, 2012

By the way, if it’s not clear in my last post, I have returned from Spain and am looking into other jobs now.  Thanks for being my accompanying passengers on my teaching voyage.  I’m now sailing to new horizons!

And I begin again…

October 29, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog.

Allow me to enlighten you as to my absence.

In Spain, where I was based, we didn’t have any internet connection, and due to the expense of living when you’re a “mileurista” (earner of 1000 euros a month), it was decided that the money for an internet connection would be used more wisely if it was put aside for food and gas.

You see, being an EFL teacher is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, you get to live in a different country, earn money, you’re almost recession-proof compared to the rest of the population.  You might be near a beach living in a holiday destination and you get to learn or improve the language of the country.  You also have an almost professional occupation that allows you to enrich yourself and develop new skills that employers in Britain generally look for.  On the other hand, since you’re are living “on holiday” on very little money, you don’t get to ever go on holiday unless you work relentlessly through the summer holidays and then do it on a shoe-string budget.  Any savings you manage to make before Christmas generally get eaten up during the festive season, from having to pay flights to that emergency rush round the shops on Christmas Eve anxiously grabbing presents off shelves. Then, the savings you make after Christmas are put towards general survival over the summer holidays when you are not receiving any income.

Thus I have been without internet for a long time, and now I am back with bags of inspiration to keep you reading and hopefully, smiling.