Here is an idea of what our daily routine in Spain is like:
1. Wake up to alarm set for 7am. Realize when it goes off that it is still pitch black outdoors, hit snooze until 7:15am and then resolve to wake up by 8am. It will still be dark outside the persiana (the curtain that keeps all light whatsoever out of your apartment-we have a love/hate relationship with it) and the street will be as silent as it is the entire day when your feet finally hit the floor.
2. Make a coffee in our silver Italian coffee maker. Consider buying a real coffee pot for 20 euros, think about how expensive that is, decide not to and just make multiple espresso coffee shots throughout the day with what you’ve got. Talk with Andrew about his allergies and debate what makes his eyes puffy every morning. Figure out you haven’t got a clue, decide to medicate the problem instead of solving it for now. Eat a muffin or toast.
3. Hurry off to class with the lesson you’ve prepared, hoping it will go over well. Wish you’d worn better shoes for the rain. Wander into the class, teach for 50 minutes up to 4 times a day. Try in vain to plan your next lesson with each respective teacher. Pray that every level of your English classes are doing approximately the same lesson.
4. Trudge home exhausted. Stop by the bakery for white bread. Yes, we know, it is not healthy. Make some type of spoon food for lunch. Listen to Andrew tell you it’s winter food. Feel thankful when there is only one pot to wash afterwards. Make another coffee to get through siesta hour. Maybe bake cookies or a quick bread for a snack/dessert, likely a treat easily adaptable to veganism, like this tasty option. Marvel at your fabulous American measuring cups.
5. Start thinking about planning your next class. Get distracted watching youtube videos of Halloween songs. Decide to show your class Monster Mash. Be elated they will see Igor from Young Frankenstein even though they will likely never watch it, therefore they will not appreciate the subtle American culture reference. Figure out that the whole Hocus Pocus movie is on youtube. Do a happy dance. Give thanks for being able to use youtube in Spain. Be amazed at the amount of music, movies, books and media that are on the internet about Halloween. Read the three witches incantation scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and wonder if the 11 year olds you are teaching tomorrow will like double double toil and trouble.
6. Get down to business with the lessons. Figure out ways to get kids talking. Use this awesome site for help. Feel relieved when you have got down how to pass 50 minutes effectively. Be surprised once again at the amount of noise the parrot that lives one floor up can make, but still be even more baffled that you once thought it was a misbehaved child. Curse.
7. Head back outdoors. Do exercise possibly. Try to find a hypo-allergenic pillow for Andrew’s allergies. Laugh when the sales lady tells you there is nothing you can do for the allergic, but take her advice to thoroughly clean your apartment to get rid of all dust and to wash the bedspread. Find it funny she is no longer worried about selling her product once she finds out why you’ve entered the store.