Now, almost a month into 2015 and with the holiday craziness quieted down, it finally feels like I am settling into life in New York with a job, routine and time to finally transition into a full-fledged life here. A lot of my posts have focused on my travels in the past few months, but I kept putting off all of the experiences at home, … Continue reading No Place Like Home for the Holidays
One of the things that I looked forward to my entire year in Znojmo was to come back and be in my favorite city in the world, New York City. While it’s definitely big and definitely overwhelming, my close proximity to this city my whole life makes it feel a lot like home. Amongst the millions of people and confusing labyrinth of streets there are … Continue reading NEW York City
Since last posting I have kicked off my spring season of visitors and travels! However, before going into detail about all of that, I’ll first recap the subject of almost all of my lessons 2 weeks ago: St. Valentine’s Day. I have never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, but the amount of lessons I gave on the subject probably made me look like a … Continue reading Heading West
This week, for the first time since September, I was asked to give a formal introduction of myself to a new group of people. I dug back in my brain to the presentation I made last summer in preparation for meeting my students at the beginning of the school year that showed pictures of the main parts of my life: my family, my pets, my … Continue reading Czenglish
While my official title and Fulbright grant say that I am an “English teaching assistant,” I think a more accurate description of my activities, as a teacher is an “American culture specialist.” Almost one of my three to four lessons each day involves giving an overview of some topic as it relates to American life. I have been asked to describe general topics in the … Continue reading What is American?
For the first time since arriving in the Czech Republic, I felt busy this week. This morning (Sunday) was the first time I was able to really “sleep in” and my body definitely appreciated the full 10 hours. At school I began teaching more lessons and getting to know my students better. I met with 4 students at the first meeting of my “American Culture … Continue reading Small Town Excitement