When you move to a new house, a new city, a new job (nay, a new profession), and live with new people, eat new foods, speak a new language in a whole new system in a whole new culture, there’s a lot going on. And a lot to blog about.
This blog is not going to be a day-to-day regurgitation of what I do when I get up, go to bed, etc. These daily habits can be interesting (sometimes you wake up to a gorgeous sunrise or before going to bed have to catch a giant frog trying to make a home in your bathroom), but I prefer to let these strange nuances of my life to come out bit by bit. I prefer writing in themes, with narrative flow - I am teaching English here after all and have to keep in good practice. (If you really want the day to day, I am keeping a written pen and ink journal which you all are welcome to peruse any time you want).
There is so much to say as I transition to this new life, and though I’ll have a year to get to most anything, suggestions on what to hear about first is now in your hands, my friends, family, fellow volunteers, readers out there in cyberspace. What do you all want to hear about? This shouldn’t be a one-way flow of info (for that I’ll write that travel novel some day) – so please, leave a comment below, post on my Facebook wall, send me an email with you suggestions (or votes from the topics below) on what’s next.
A bonus with small topics is that I can post shorter but more frequent blogs – always an easier read in my opinion!
Things I want to talk about sometime soon here (though some do lend themselves more to being here more than a week): cooking and our kitchen situation; the history of the Afro-Colombian population in Colombia; encounters with creatures big and small; Playa Blanca; motorcycle rides; teaching schedules; Santa Ana stores; our living situation (rooms, etc.); trying to understand costeño (coastal) Spanish; Cartagena; the weather; the school buildings; general WorldTeach in Colombia overview; bug bites….
Next week I am sure will include a bit about the first day of school…so look out for that post entitled, you know, “The First Day of School” or maybe the “First Week of School” or maybe “How To Survive Your First Week of School.” Who knows. You tell me.