Sunday, August 30, 2009

Good News!

It's been a busy but great couple of days!

Yesterday I took the 'language awareness' exam and taught my final lesson for school! The exam was an overview of grammar, phonology and a few of the principles of teaching....I got an 'A'! The final lesson went well, a little sad because I've really enjoyed the students.

Today I had moderation for school and had a second interview at a business English company. The moderation went really well. The moderator comes in from Trinity in London to meet with everyone and score the final project that we submit. You have to talk about the linguistic aims of materials that were made for class, not using the coursebook. It went really well! The interview included a mock lesson. It didn't go amazingly well (truth be told I'm fighting a cold right now and only wanted to be sleeping) but it wasn't a bomb either. She says she'll let me know tomorrow. I do already have one job lined up with a language school, but until I'm full time, I can try to become full time through various jobs.

I am moving tomorrow, Thursday or Friday, depending on how I feel, but have to be out of this student flat by Friday noon. I found a place to live that is only about 3 blocks from where I live great! It's only for a month, after that I'll figure out where I want to live longer term, but this place was really cheap and close so I took it while I decide where I want to live.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two live bands since I left the States

I know...I know...I need to update more so that when I sit down to update I won't be flooded with everything that has happened!

I saw Radiohead Sunday night. I really like going to concerts in foreign countries. I saw U2 in Dublin, which really can't compare to any other experience. To see them in their home country, where even people who don't really like their music appreciate them because they're an institution. In a huge stadium packed full...nothing compares to that.

But, Radiohead on Sunday was fun, too. The park where they played actually sloped DOWN, instead of UP, so those of us in the cheap 'seats' couldn't see a damn thing. There was a nice light show, and the music was really good. I'd never seen them live before (and actually still haven't actually SEEN them live) but to hear them live was great.

Just funny because I'm trying hard to remember the last live band I saw before I left NYC and now I've seen two and not just two, but two really big ones.

(the pic with me is U2 and the other is Radiohead)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I brought a whole bunch of tea with me....but drank my last bag of PG Tips this morning....AHHHHH!!!

On Friday night, while I was winning the poker game thank you very much, I asked a funny talker (i.e. a British guy) where to buy tea. He told me about a tea shop. I knew he'd know. All you have to do it find a Brit and they'll point you to the tea! After he told me about the one by school I realized I have one about a block from the flat where I'm staying! I haven't been in yet but I'm super excited and thought I should share!

Monday, August 17, 2009

apartment hunting and creepy art

The other day I opened up my blog to create a new post and EVERYTHING WAS IN CZECH!! I couldn't figure out which button to push to get me to English. Then, somehow, it was magically back in a language I can understand, unfortunately only English.

So here I am.

Lots has been going on! Mostly studying and homework, but also some exciting things like job hunting and apartment searching. I have a job interview on Thursday and send me CV out constantly.

I looked at 4 rooms in apartments over the weekend and I think I found the one I want. It has tons of light which is generally my #1 requirement. (P.S. when teaching English, this symbol #, is called a hash because that's what they call it in England....those English are trouble!) I'm going back on Tuesday evening to check it out and my current female roommate is going to come with me and maybe take the other room, he's got 2 available. It doesn't have a bathtub but, hopefully, I'll live through that! And maybe the most exciting thing is that there's a balcony off this 6th floor apartment! (and I think by 6th floor it's actually on what Americans would call the 7th floor because they count US 1st floor as 0 and start actually counting on the first floor above the ground...very tricky) And, the view from the balcony is of the tv tower which has these super creepy babies crawling up it! It's some art thing about tv rotting kids or something...but it's really creepy. I'm posting pictures so all can share in the creepy!

It will be good to have my home situation settled. It's hiring season so I think I should be able to find a job...but keep those fingers crossed!!

Another beautiful HOT day in Prague. Supposed to be like 82F...which here is called 27C. Trying to get used to all things metric which isn't easy. A guy last night was talking about how big the entire flat is, 150m that means anything at all to me!

Enough babble for now and back to homework!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sincere apologies!

I've been in Prague for a week. I love it! I started school Monday and have had absolutely no time! So, my sincerest apologies for the lack of posts....and then again for this super short one! But this is the first night I'm done with my homework before midnight so I'm taking advantage of it and going to sleep early...go me!

Check out my facebook for a bunch more pictures of Dublin and some good ones of Prague as well.