Elections and private student conundrums

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This photo was taken in the lobby of the school. The kids were asked to help decorate for Halloween with drawings of monsters. One of them drew a picture of Donald Trump, in the center!
This photo was taken in the lobby of the school. The kids were asked to help decorate for Halloween with drawings of monsters and creepy things. One of them drew a picture of Donald Trump, in the center!

10/21/16

Tomorrow is the new schedule. I dread this day every 4 weeks. I start waking up extra early and have trouble sleeping a few days before it. Some of it is the feeling of zero control, but some of it is simply that it is completely last minute. If you give a new schedule to people that late, you aren’t interested in discussion or compromise. It’s take-it-or-leave-it. I’m pretty sure one of these days I’ll just hand in my locker key and walk out. Good thing we are always paid just before we are handed the schedule, though that also makes it look as though someone is welcome to walk out.

I’m concerned, also, about the long term health of the school. There are fewer students than this summer when I started. The teacher coordinator positions at either branch have not been replaced. Though there is a new calendar schedule for next year, it simply doesn’t look like the school is growing. Can it keep me gainfully employed through July? I had a conversation with a couple other established teachers about possible ways to find private students, if it comes to that. It’s not what I’d like. I don’t find private students to be reliable and getting paid is a constant hassle, but it’s good to be prepared, just in case. I’m meeting with Erika, my landlord’s boyfriend on Saturday as a possible 1st private student. We are meeting at Starbucks near the school. (I was right about the reliability of private students. He canceled about an hour before the meeting.)

I keep mentioning it, but the flowers here are just lovely. Often they are cascading over walls or supported by wrought iron fences. No idea what this flower is.
I keep mentioning it, but the flowers here are spectacular. Often they are cascading over walls or supported by wrought iron fences. No idea what this flower is.
The roses get a second season here. While summer is still pretty warm here, it's not as hot as Atlanta was, nor as humid.
The roses get a second season here, too. While summer is pretty warm here, it’s not as hot as Atlanta was, nor as humid.

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A typical meal for me. The drink is the "Popeye," with spinach and pineapple juice (espinacas y piña). On the plate are gorditias--two corn tortillas form a pocket and can be filled with anything. I ordered nopal (cactus) and simply chose a second at random from the items I couldn't translate, moronga. It was surprisingly tasty, even after I found out it's pig's blood.
A typical meal for me. The drink is the “Popeye,” with spinach and pineapple juice (espinacas y piña). On the plate are gorditias–two corn tortillas form a pocket and can be filled with anything. I ordered nopal (cactus) and simply chose a second at random from the items I couldn’t translate, moronga. It was surprisingly tasty, even after I found out it’s pig’s blood. BTW, this meal is at Fruity Fiesta, which has been a favorite place for me until recently. They keep getting my orders wrong–somehow I end up with double what I requested, and of course, I end up paying double. I though it was my poor Spanish, but I was really, REALLY careful this time and it happened again. I think they just want more money out of the gringa. This doesn’t happen at other restaurants.
Can anyone identify this?
Can anyone identify this?
Typical side street in my neighborhood.
Typical side street in my neighborhood.
Bad photo, but Marc found a new lunch spot. I'll be coming here a lot because you get to make a huge build-your-own salad. This will make it even easier to get veggies in my diet.
Bad photo, but Marc found a new lunch spot and we went there. I’ll be coming here a lot because you get to make a huge build-your-own salad. This will make it even easier to get veggies in my diet.
The restaurant is very small--a true hole in the wall. It'd never pass inspection in the USA--no bathroom, not even running water! The "kitchen" is a stove, fridge and a few assorted shelves, like this one, that holds a steamer, waffle maker (they use it to make "pannini" sandwiches) and blender. But things look clean, the food is fresh and the price is low.
The restaurant is very small–a true hole in the wall. It’d never pass inspection in the USA–no bathroom, not even running water or sink! They have a large bottle of water for use in the kitchen. The “kitchen” is a stove, fridge and a few assorted shelves, like this one, that holds a steamer, waffle maker (they use it to make “pannini” sandwiches) and blender. But things look clean, the food is fresh and the price is low. Also, the staff are lovely.
Here's the salad selection.
Here’s the salad selection.
She steamed a cheese-stuffed zucchini for each of us, no charge.
She steamed a cheese-stuffed zucchini for each of us, no charge.
Here's my salad with sandwich--bacon, cheese and mushrooms (tocino, queso y championes).
Here’s my salad with sandwich–bacon, cheese and mushrooms (tocino, queso y championes).
Here's Marc with his salad and a large piece of fish. We got the order to-go since there's only a couple tables.
Here’s Marc with his salad and a large piece of fish. We got the order to-go since there’s only a couple tables.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

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