Seattle at night from a bridge over I-5.
It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in Seattle for a year now… and what a year it’s been! Last year at this time I had lived here for only a few days, I was working as a live-in nanny, I had no friends, and I was getting lost on a regular basis (i.e., almost every time I got in the car). Now I have some really wonderful friends, I know my way all over the city, and I’m working at an English school, teaching students from all over the world. (I’ve had students from four different continents so far: Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America).
I finished my first year of grad school about a month ago; it’s nice to have a break right now! I’ve learned a lot from my program, but maybe even more from actually teaching. As they say, ‘experience is the best teacher.’ It is fun though to talk about an activity at school and then try it with my students to see how it really works.
I have another month before school starts. It’s really nice to just be a teacher for a little while instead of teaching and studying! Next weekend I’m going to Vancouver, BC to help a friend move up there. Then, I’m flying south to spend a few days in SC visiting family & friends. (And hopefully going to the SC-UGA game)! Then it’s back to school for a while. I have a year and a half left before I graduate and move on to the next adventure!
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My English group at camp.
Vera, Zuzana, & Iveta.
During one meal we had to eat with our wrists tied to the people next to us!
Maja and Anka are both members of the youth group in Prešov.
Prešov from above.
While we were looking at the city from the tower, we saw two girls from camp relaxing on a roof!
The amazing Jaja and Zuzka! We stayed with Zuzka and her family before and after camp.
The church in the center of Prešov.
Visiting friends in Bratislava.
A favorite site in Bratislava.
Claire, Bethany, and me with Nathallie and Jane in Bratislava.
Rathaus, in Vienna.
A church in Vienna.
I just got back late Saturday night from my most recent trip to Slovakia. This year I was there for two weeks, helping out at the Prešov KECY. Prešov is a beautiful town in eastern Slovakia:
I was actually a little nervous about this camp because this was the first time I’ve ever been with Prešov before. Three of the last four years I’ve been at the Bratislava KECY; the other year I was with a small town called Lučenec, but I was in Lučenec for a month before the camp began. I felt like I was going to Slovakia for the first time all over again, since I knew so few of the Slovaks (and Americans) that would be at the camp.
In reality, however, this was one of the best KECYs I’ve been at yet. The Slovak team from the church we worked with was amazing, and the American team was great too. It was a unique camp because instead of a group of Americans coming over together from one American church, we had five small groups of Americans (two teams of interns in SK, another intern team from CZ, a couple from Tennessee, and then Bethany, Claire, and me) join together at camp.
The atmosphere was relaxed and the students were a lot of fun. I think everyone had a good experience, and there was a great turnout at the first post-KECY meeting. It was cool to be a small part of what God is doing in Slovakia. After camp and a couple of days in Prešov, Bethany, Claire, and I traveled to Žilina and Bratislava to visit friends in those cities. We also spent an evening in Vienna before our flight left the next morning.
All in all, this was a really nice trip- it was good to have a short break from work. I’ll post pictures soon.
Sorry! I’m trying to redesign my blog but I can’t figure out how to take it down while I try new things. I apologize for the way it looks while I make changes, especially the few annoying green spaces that won’t go away!
PS- If you are good with html and can tell me which code to edit to change the green things to stone blue, that would be much appreciated.
PPS- Granddad, I tried to make the date and time larger and darker but can’t seem to figure out how to do that either!