How I came to move to Spain, and my first week here
19.09.2011 31 °C
Wow! Moving to Spain has happened so quickly. I went on an amazing Christian leadership course in Villagonzalo, Spain about 3 weeks ago now. The course, called History Makers was fantastic!! I met so many inspiring people, and it definately brought me closer to God. While on the course, I met a lovely couple who were two facilitators, Caroline and Desmond Bellew. I spoke to them briefly, and merely said I had graduated in English and was now looking for a job. A few hours late, at the beginning of our afternoon break, the one after the Siesta :-), Desmond approached me and asked if he and his wife could talk to me. Of course I said yes, but I immediately started panicking, thinking 'Uh oh. What have I done now?!' However, instead of telling me off, they offered me a job!! It was completely out of the blue and a fantastic opportunity. Caroline and Desmond have lived in Badajoz for 28 years, and they are British missionaries. While living here, they have set up two churches and started their own academy teaching the Spanish English. This is my new job, to teach English. :-) Yes, I need to be able to speak it properly first!! :-P So after much thought, discussion, and prayer, I accepted. This all happened in two weeks!!!
So now I have been in Spain for one week and I've loved every minute (except the stupidly early flight!!). Monday I landed in Lisbon, and on the way to Badajoz, we stopped off in Portugal and I had proper Portuguese pastries. They were delicious :-) In the afternoon I had a swim, because there is a swimming pool in the garden!! :-) I'm currently staying with Caroline and Desmond. Then in the evening, I went to the church with Desmond and met some of the members. All of them were really friendly, and tried their best to speak English, and to teach me some Spanish. Tuesday was fun. I relaxed a bit, and looked around the school. In the evening, I went back to the church with Caroline and Desmond for the church service. Every week the church has a service on a Tuesday and a Sunday. It was very interesting, and luckily, Caroline translated for me. Also at the service, they had a little party for Carlos who left for Lebanon on Saturday as he is a solider. Proper Spanish paella mmmmmmmmmmm........ Then some of the young people, most of whom I had met at History Makers, talk me for a walk around Badajoz. We left the church at 11pm, and I didn't get back till 2.30pm. Caroline and Desmond had given me a key, but I was a wally and couldn't open the door, so I had to ring the bell and wake Desmond up!! Oopsie :-S Wednesday, Desmond took me around Badajoz to set up a Spanish bank account, and to register that I'm living in Spain. Wednesday evening was Paula's 30th birthday and her family had arranged a family meal to celebrate, and Caroline, Desmond and myself were invited. It was really good fun, and I felt really touched to be invited to a family party. I had met Paula and her husband at History Makers. Thursday I had to get up for 10am in order to spend the morning going through the books I would be using, and the classes I would be teaching. That took all morning, then it was SIESTA time!! I'm definately getting into the Spanish way of life :-) Thursday evening was back to the church for their cell groups. It was pretty interesting, though as it was all in Spanish I couldn't understand much, but I did manage to make out a few sentences. Everyone was impressed. yay! :-) Friday I spent the whole day planning my lessons and making a star chart for the younger classes. The books I use are really good :-) Friday is Desmond and Caroline's day off, so nothing had been planned. However, in the evening I got to meet Eli who I met at History Makers!! It was really good to see her and catch up. She didn't know I was in Spain so I got to surprise her :-) Afterwards, Caroline and Desmond had a church meeting in their house, so I decided to catch up om some British tv. :-) Surprisingly, I was invited to a BBQ, that didn't start till 10pm. Caroline and Desmond didn't go, so I went by myself, well with Gloria and Carlos, but I was the only English-speaking person. The BBQ was hosted by one of the cell groups at the church. It was really good fun, and everyone was friendly. I learnt more Spanish, and taught some English, but then it started getting confusing when I was taught some Colombian, and I taught a bit of German. It was really funny. Towards the end, the host and his wife played Flamenco music and sang and danced Flamenco. It was amazing, and I've been challenged to learn it well before I go!! Not sure if that will happen haha. Saturday I slept in, yay!! and had a swim :-) I helped to plan the youth group with Caroline, then went to it. It was good, and they loved doing the drama Caroline and myself had planned. I was then invited to go with the young people back to Geraldine's house to watch a film. Of course, the film was the mighty SMURFS!!! :-) I was gutted though cos it stopped working part way through :-( I'm definately going to have to find it online asap!! So we ended up playing Spoons, but surprisingly it didn't get violent!! GB Lincoln girls are obviously more competitive and vicious hehe :-P Sunday was Church!! Again, Caroline kindly translated for me. It was fairly long, lasting about two hours in total!! About half that time was spent singing and praying. It was really good, and interesting to witness Spanish worship. Afterwards, I was saying goodbye to Andrea and Victor, who I also met at History Makers, and some how, due to bad Spanish and English, I invited myself/was invited to lunch in the countryside with Andrea, Victor and their family. On the way something happened, no idea what as I don't speak Spanish very well, but they had to go home and I was dropped off at Richard's house. Again I had met Richard at History Makers. I then went with Richard and his family to the house we had the BBQ at for lunch and ended up spending the whole day there. Again, I was the only non-Spanish speaker, but it worked out well, with some acting and SPanish/English lessons. I taught Nellie, Richard's sister, the card game Speed, and she loved it. I was la campiano!! :-D
Tomorrow I start teaching. I'm getting very nervous now, but hopefully it will go ok. :-S Sure I will be fine once I get started. Also, I will be teaching some of the young people I know from the church, so that makes me a bit more nervous as I know them!!
Everyone has been lovely, and I have had so many invites to things and I have been given presents already!! :-)
BTW, the weather is amazing!! It hasn't rained once, and the coldest it has got is about 27 degrees, and thats at midnight!! The hottest so far is about 42 degrees!! :-)
Hope everyone who reads this is well. Come visit me soon!! If you want to get in touch with me, email me, Skype me or Facebook me :-)