Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Week 1

I miss everyone all so very very much. Just the fact that I cannot just call you is rubbish. My laptop does not pick up the internet so I have to borrow my flatmates at the moment, so i am feeling a little bit cut off from the world.

So far, I have a had a bit of a hectic time, but its much better for me when i am busy!I started work on Monday, I made ane xcellent impression by being 20 mins late because i got totally confused and lost, so many little streets!!! anyway after that it was ok. I work at two different schools, bot with in walking distance. I have MOn, weds and fri with one school and tues and thurs with the other. they are all the same but just in two different ares! I teach students from 12 to 18 at the moment. they are very excitable, especially the younger girls they say 'miss, i like your nails'...'miss, i like your pencil case'...'miss, are you married???' these are mainly my 12 yr olds that are like this. but so far they seem like good kids, just need to be shouted at occassionly but they are so eager to learn! My class with 18 yr olds is very hard going, they are only just learning, and it is harder cos they are older. i have to speak very slowly. there is one girl called Christine who i really like, she stayed after class to talk to me last night. I have a class of just 4 boys, they are very good, and seem to be very nice, except when they ask questions about grammer, that make me go, what?!?!?!?They have given me 28 hours at school, but i have just asked my boss to cut down my hours, as i am working until 10 pm most nights, and 10.30 on some others. so watch this space - i might end up losing my job!!!!!!

My apartment is really nice, i am living in a family block, the lady Gallini is lovely and very helpfull. it is two bedrooms, our rooms look lovely, and the living room has nothing in it! but my bedroom is looking more and more like home, photos everywhere, and even my sex and the city poster!!!!Even though I am in Greece it doesnt feel like a different country, other than not being able to read what i am buying in the supermarket.its just the people i miss from england ( and the animals!!) if you were all here, it would be perfecto!!

So I just thought I would let you know everything that has been happening. it is very exciting, but i am so homesick, very teird and continually stressed at the moment. i can't wait to see you whether you are coming to greece, or if it will be at christmas. every evening i am like when will christmas get here, and the same in the mornings, but i know its just something that i need to give time. I think on Tuesday night, we had a small earthquake, its not unusal, but as i am not sleeping verywell, i could feel it as my bed was shaking!!!!!!!

Week 2

Well I am now in to my third week in the land of gods, olives, wine and most important, feta cheese!!!Today is a bank holiday, so no work for me! although i do only do three hours on a tuesday normally! So i have been doing marking while sipping coffee in the very Greek starbucks in Kalithea, where we live! I also came face to face with a giant grasshopper on our balcony, and died a pair of my lovely river island jeans that were pink a kind of mouldy blu colour. So far so good.

Life in Greece so far has been a mixed bag. Being Athens itself would be the most intimidating experience had I not been here so many times before. I remember on my second vsit to the city, wondering why everyone was so unhelpful, they wouldnt help with directions and watched me struggle with my many bags when i arrived on the metro. But everytime, it got better, picking up the tiniest amount of Greek, getting used to the city set out in bloacks, and enjoying the challange of finding my way around all the tiny side streets. This time around the city feels more accepting, and I am relisghing the chance to learn more greek, which is happening from siting during coffee breaks atschool in the staff room while the rest of the teachers speak Greek around me.Ah the job...I like my job a lot. They are good kids, and actually I feel English children have got it sooooo easy. They can be naughty, but I put on teacher voice and its fine!

This weekend, we went to Mao Club, which was brilliant. A friend of ours was doing a set there, and so we had gone along to support him. WE were on the guest list and had the best seat in the house. Now in Greece, if you have a table at a place like this, you are expected to spend certain amount on drinks, so a bottle of vodka it was! I tell you if my girls had been there with our drinking games, i would have been even more wasted! Although not sure if the Greeks would enjoy a rendition of 'Whats the name of the F**king game!' I got in at 5 am, early really! Was a really good night, and played good mix of music, r and b, hip hop, greek music, and dance music!On saturday night, we went for dinner and a 'quiet quick' drink in Gazi,haha! quick and quiet it was night, in fact we spent the night dancing away in Soho, until some sleazy men frightened us away, we headed to gazaki.

The weekends are good, especially when we go out, Sundays are bad when the hangover kicks in and i miss sunday mornings with hollyoaks and peanust butter on taost. It's getting better slowly but surely, I am sure when the end of May rolls around, I'll be clinging to the tarmac at the airport begging to stay!xxxx