Hello, Hola, Hallo!!
Hello! I'm an American teacher.
wait, let me start over.
Hola! I'm an American Spanish teacher!
Hallo! I'm an American Spanish teacher living in Holland!
What the heck?? Yup.
I taught in a "regular" classroom for 7 years. And I took courses to learn to be an online teacher, and I taught online Spanish classes in my "spare time" (what spare time?) for 2 years. And then....
Well, let's go back a few years.
When I was in my 2nd year of college, one of my Spanish profs gave a lecture about El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This is a holy pilgrimage across the entire width of Spain (800kms, 500miles) that can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 7 weeks (depending on how fast you can walk, or want to walk).
My prof had a PowerPoint presentation to go along with his talk, and I was in awe.
Complete and utter "THIS is what I SHOULD be doing with my LIFE" kind of awe.
It called to me.
I knew I needed to do it.
And I thought about it. A lot. And I talked about doing it. A lot.
And the years went by.
And finally, a girlfriend of mine said, "DO IT! Stop talking about it, pick a date and DO IT!"
And so I did.
I started in St. Jean Pied du Port in France, at the foothills of the Pyrenees.
I crossed mountains, forests, valleys, fields, deserts, rocks, rivers....
Personal mental battles mostly.
And in 5 weeks I arrived in Santiago a smelly, dirty, sore, bruised, exhausted and extremely happy pilgrim.
Did I mention I accidentally fell in love along the way?
The 2nd most amazing thing I've ever done in my life. ;)
He's a tall, dark & handsome Spaniard to boot! Lucky duck, I know!
This tall, dark & handsome Spaniard (who speaks 6 languages and is an amazing cook! Like I said, lucky duck!) just happens to live in Holland!
What's a girl to do??
MOVE TO HOLLAND of course! :)
So. Here I am. Teaching Spanish online while I adjust to a totally different culture and learn another language (yippeeeee! I<3 languages, I'm a total linguistic geek!)!
So that's me!
What about YOU??
(p.s. I don't want to fail to mention that El Camino de Santiago de Compostela can take much more time than I took. I met a couple who walked out their front doors in Holland and just kept walking. They had already been walking for 2 months when I met them and they still had a month to go! I also met a man who started at the Vatican, had already made it to Santiago and was walking BACK to the Vatican. Hmm.... Someday? Time will tell!)