Sunday, January 13, 2013

{travel} life as a TEFL student

Hola chicas! I have been wanting to blog every day since I last posted, but haven't found the time!

It has been a whirlwind of crazy amounts of school work ever since our training class started on Monday. I knew that I was entering an intensive course... but didn't realize just how intensive it really is! We have a ton of assignments and lesson plans to complete in the next 4 weeks.

Needless to say, I've been trying to find my groove with studying again. I haven't had much time to explore the city this week.

Here's the past week according to my Instagram.

Cappuccinos are perfection here. I especially love the ones at a cafe called "Granier."

It has been muy frio for this Florida girl!

Sometimes you just really need some chocolate.

You can always count on wine being cheaper than water.

This American is really missing her dryer back home.

Word to the wise - you want a nutritious meal in Madrid?
Make it yourself.

I'm teaching my lesson on prepositions of direction TOMORROW to an Elementary English class.
By Elementary I mean adults with very low English language skills, not kids.

I took a break from studying and headed to El Rastro with some girls in my class.
It is a huge flea market Madrid puts on in the La Latina barrio every Sunday.

One of my friends bought the poster this vendor is holding for 8 euros.
I'm thinking I might want to find him again in the next few weeks.

I finally had my first truly delicious meal here today. I can't remember the Spanish name for it, but it is an open-faced sandwich with caramelized onions, pork sirloin, goat cheese slices, and a raspberry sauce on top of a slice of whole-wheat toast. I savored every single bite.

I am taking every second to appreciate the beauty that is Madrid, Espana.
I could see miles and miles of the city standing at this nondescript intersection in La Latina.

So nervous to teach for the first time tomorrow.... eeeek!

Ciao, Jen


  1. Good luck tomorrow!! Love your pictures - what an exciting time for you!! I am extremely jealous, not gonna lie haha. What's your instagram name girl?

  2. I'm so glad you've been staying busy in spain. i need to find you on instagram!! :) glad that caitlin asked :)

    good luck with the class, eating healthy, and adjusting to the new culture!!


  3. This looks like such a wonderful and engaging experience! I hope to visit Spain this summer; you will have to share some of the must-see and must-do spots! <3

  4. Hi Jennifer,

    I just found your blog. I'm actually from Madrid and LOVE those pictures. I think I've been to 99% of the places you mention. Now I'm living in the US with my American husband who I met in Madrid while he was a TEFL student... just saying :-). Have fun!


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