Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bruges, part two! more photos

We went on a boat ride!! That is one of my favorite shots from the 30 minutes of bliss. I love the brick with the red door!

The red and green ivy is gorgeous! I’ve taken a bajillion photos of it so far. Not ashamed!

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Bruges

Today I arrived in Bruges. The city is beautiful!! Getting here is usually pretty easy, but of course I had some issues.

First, we flew into Brussels. From Brussels you must take a train to Bruges. My dad got the tickets and said that our train would leave in 5 minutes so we hurried to the platform. We get to the train after hearing a whistle and I get on the train first. That seems pretty easy, right? WRONG. I get on the train and the doors close immediately after me and my dad and step-mom are left on the platform… with my ticket. Sooo I was on a train, in Brussels, without my train ticket, and also without my parents (duh). So I did what any smart girl would do… hope that the nice-looking mom and daughter next to me spoke English. I’m lucky because they did! They helped me out and they were actually going to Bruges as well. I didn’t know where to meet my parents as we went through many train stations, so I decided to meet them in Bruges. Good thing I had my Spanish SIM with me, because otherwise I wouldn’t have had a way to call my dad.

It all went alright, but it was a bit stressful at first! This city is gorgeous! Check out some photos!

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This is quite possibly one of the best blog posts that I have ever read. It’s about the author’s hilarious experiences in a German class. Teachers and students alike will enjoy this one! 🙂 I can really see myself (and some of my students) in this… creativity is a must when learning a new language. Enjoy!

“Unfortunately, Pants”

ready for a nice laugh?

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what is a classroom?

 

This Kaplan University commercial made me think! This idea is very similar to my philosophy on teaching. I try my hardest to “trick” my students into learning without even knowing it. We play with Barbies, we bake cakes, we talk about famous teen stars… anything! I do everything in my power to make them use English and have fun with it! If they can tell you that Barbie is mad at you for going on a date with Ken, they are using the language as well as having a good laugh (among other things of course). You don’t just learn in the classroom.

What do you think about this video? Does it inspire you to be more creative, or is it cliche?

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12 days to go!

In 12 days I leave the States to go back to Europe and in 15 I’ll be back in my lovely apartment in Madrid. I’ve been enjoying my time with my family and friends here, but I’m also feeling really antsy. I’m ready to work again and to have a real schedule. I’m ready to organize my new apartment and be more independent. I’m ready to live alone, although that seems a bit scary as well as exciting. I’ve never lived alone before! I’m hoping that I’ll have plenty of time to reflect on my experiences and maybe 1) read more 2) WRITE MORE BLOG ENTRIES (haha) and 3) have more “me” time to do whatever else I need to do.
Any tips for someone who is living along for the first time?

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