Today, in unsurprising news: I have managed to lose my freaking keyboard that I bought specifically because my laptop is missing keys. I went out last night, and i bought a wireless one. LOL, of course it doesn´t work. However, it dawned on me that I can just update through my e-mail at work. Only downside is that the keyboard is obviously different. Considering that I brought this on myself, I think I can survive.
This last week and a half has been unbelievably hectic. We spent the first week getting a run down of all things school. It was a lot of information to take in.. and I feel like my head is always continually going to explode. Granted, that is also half from the altitude as well. Aside from the mayhem that is information, we also spent the week apartment searching. I actually really appreciated the way they did things. They took us to about 15 places as a group, and each apartment had a different component that would appeal to at least a few people in the group. It helped that everyone was more or less looking for something different (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, modern kitchen, colonial kitchen, etc). I found a few that I just LOVED, but 90 percent of them had one element that I just couldn´t swing. By "element", I really just mean some kind of freak staircase that looks like you would climb it to drop of the ring into Mordor. Considering that I already spend every waking moment being awkward and uncomfortable, I decided to limit that at home if I could. My apartment was right at my threshold though. It is gorgeous, has an amazing view, and I don´t feel like I am going to throw up when I walk up to the terrace. Another thing I like about it is that it is called "The Convent" by the locals. I will take a picture of it soon, and you will see exactly why.
The school-- daaaaaaaaang. They remind me of how a school can actually be run. Now, that could always change (and with my luck, it usually does.) However, it seems to be off to a pretty good start now. And, as I type this, I am sitting in my itty bitty room (which is totally fine because max capacity in here is like 16 kids.) I don´t have the sweet view to the mountains, but literally all I have to do is step outside and BOOM.. mountains. I know you´re thinking, "real mountains, or a hill that looks like a mountain because you´re from MS?" Nope.. a real mountain. Actually, I think there are 3 surrounding us. People keep pointing to them, helpfully, and naming them. Honestly, you could say that they were "cheesecake, work boot, and coral pink" and I would nod my head and forget it right then. All in all though, I am very spoiled with the scenery. It helps that there landscaping plan appears to be: plant every single flower and tree ever to exist ever that is gorgeous and that appears to bloom year round. I fully support this plan of theirs.
Teachers I have worked with-- AVERT YOUR EYES FOR THIS LAST PART.
Are they gone? Alright.. my schedule is amazing. I have one freaking prep, and I see my kids every day. I also have, apparently, only about 15 kids a class. I cannot express how excited I am. I also get to work in the writing lab, and I have regular weekly duty like everyone else. Mine just consists of standing around telling kids to behave. I think I can manage that.
In summation: everything is off to a good start.
pps: I haven´t taken a whole lot of pictures of the surrounding area, but that is on the agenda for this weekend. I will have some up ASAP.