It’s been a few weeks now of working in my two assigned Spanish primary schools here in Zaragoza and it’s hard to believe how fast it feels like it’s going. Overall I love what I’m doing but its not without it’s challenges of course. My schools are across the street from each other which makes my life easy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I’m in one and on Mondays and Wednesdays I’m in the other. I spend a total of 12 hours a week in the schools. In both schools I work with the 4th 5th and 6th grade English classes. I did finally get my Bizi card and I use the public bike share program to get to and from work quickly. I finish work around 1230 usually and have plenty of time to give private English lessons!
My students are good kids (mostly haha), really cute, and they work hard. Their English abilities do range a lot but for the most part they know a lot and are willing to work hard and try to talk in English. Most of the teachers told them I don’t speak Spanish so that it forces them to try their best to talk to me in English. It makes my day when one of them draws me a picture or gives me a hug. This week they have been learning about Halloween which is celebrated in Spain to some extent. We do get All Saints Day (Nov. 1) off from school, the day after Halloween which would be great in the US for trick or treating late and having Halloween parties. Anyways, school is mostly fun, a bit repetitive, and hopefully will continue to be rewarding.
This past weekend we got out of Zaragoza for the first time and went to Logroño, the capital of the region of La Rioja. It’s under two hours from Zaragoza and was really cool to see for a day. It’s a lot smaller than Zaragoza but it did have a large historic area. La Rioja is the smallest of Spain’s semi autonomous regions. It is a region known for it’s wine and also canned foods sold all over Spain. We toured a winery and got tapas and wine in the popular street in the historic center. The Camino de Santiago passes through Logroño and we saw some backpackers walking by which was inspiring.
Yesterday was Aidan’s birthday and we got some really good tapas in El Tubo here in Zaragoza. On Thursdays in the area of El Tubo you get cheap tapas when you buy wine or beer so it is also a good night to go out in Zaragoza. I’ve met a lot of auxiliars now and a few locals. I have begun tutoring as well but my students are mostly kids or older adults. I’ll write more about that in the next post as I have only been doing it for a week so far.
Lastly, here are a few pictures! The first is the cathedral in Logroño and then at the winery with two other auxiliars. Each of those wine barrels has 300 bottles worth of wine in it. In the last photo Aidan is coming out of the old winery.