As forewarned dear readers, the next few months are going to be quiet as I put my head down and concentrate on my studies and keeping on the straight and narrow.
Having said that I am very excited as I start planning for my travels next year. As has happened a lot in my life so far, I have had to bide my time and wait patiently (or not so patiently) for things to fall into place so that I can realise a dream.
So my first plan of action has been to enrol in a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. Easy right. Thousands of kids do this every year and go on to get amazing jobs overseas. Well, the easy part was enrolling – nothing since has been! I’m not sure what happened between leaving school 27 years ago (really!!!???) and what they expect to be taught these days but it is HARD. Or should I say difficult, complicated, onerous (see I know all the big words but apparently not only are they adjectives but they can also be nouns when used in a certain way!) And, if used in another way, may be a gerund. And don’t even get me started on past present continuous and the like! Anyway, luckily Khaya is in Thailand teaching English and I get the sense that what you need to learn (and get over 75% for) is not necessarily put into practice quite so formally in the real world, so that makes me feel a bit better. Except I still have to get 75% for every single assignment of which there are many in order to continue and ultimately pass.
The other exciting thing that happened is that I have already found my school! It’s in Tehuacán, Mexico. I had a Skype interview with the supervisor yesterday who asked all sorts of weird questions – like if you had a superpower what would it be? I said, to be able to read people’s thoughts (Yes, I was an avid Misfits watcher!). If I could choose between flying and invisibility which would I choose? I chose invisibility. How would your boss describe you? I said ‘annoying’. 😉 Anyway, after a 45 minute chat he told me that he never does this on the first Skype interview but I’m hired. He found my ‘quirkiness interesting’ and has a good feeling about me. Well, I hope he does not say that to all the prospective teachers. Anyway, its a long way away still but as soon as I saw the advert for this school, I knew it was the place for me. I have 4 months there and am going to travel for 2 months and already I have changed my mind a hundred times about where I am going to go. But more about that later. As I type this I received the confirmation email saying that they want me to join their team! I am so excited!
I am thankful I have all these things to keep me going and occupied because life is hard and lonely in London when you aren’t doing much and are trying to save money. It has literally rained the entire summer so far. I bought a bike recently and have not really been able to ride (except for weekends) because every night when I get home it’s drizzling or pouring with rain. I am really missing the boyfriend so much and and there is no sign of an imminent visit due to his expanding business which in itself is leading to huge stress because the Skype dates of old are very few and far between these days. But on the plus side, his business is booming which is amazing. I am so grateful to have this man in my life who will keep the home fires burning while I get to follow my dreams (with the general expectation that one day we will live and make a life together!)