Qualified Teachers ??!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2002
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Trip End Aug 08, 2005


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Monday, November 4, 2002

Well, we are still here in Madrid but hopefully not for too much longer...
We have done quite a lot since our last entry but just haven´t had the time to keep the log updated.
We went to the Retiro - a park in the centre of Madrid with loads of things going on, performers and street sellers, etc. It´s really nice to wander around and sit and relax, even if we were meant to be studying! One weekend we wandered around El Rastro - the Sunday market which sells just about everything imaginable. The streets are packed and you can barely move. It´s definitely worth a visit (Kev says especially if you´re a girl).
One of the guys on the course - Kelvin, lives in Madrid with his wife and we were invited round to his place with Lucy to study. We were fed very nice food and actually had a bit of time to relax, whilst trying to find a song for Lucy to use in an English lesson. Ended up listening to CD´s all night and not much else!
We´ve also been quite ill with colds which made us feel like hell especially as we were getting next to no sleep living in the flat from hell. But things started to pick up last week. On Friday night we went out with some students we have been teaching, round some bars and ended up in a club which was okayish. We just needed beer as we found out that the truck has been delayed for 2 weeks!! There are problems getting it registered in the UK with the DVLA and various other things, so we´ll just have to hang around in Spain for a while. We spoke to Paul (the guy doing the trip) last Tues and he reckons it´ll be at least 2 weeks. Not sure what we´ll do...

We also fitted in a trip to the cinema to see Red Dragon. It was nice to see something in English. It was quite good but Sian thought it was a bit predictable. On Wednesday it was the last day of the course! We were so happy, we really had had enough. We both passed and are now qualified English teachers which feels a bit strange. To celebrate we went for a meal with the other people from the course and some more of our students. Ended up in a bit of a dodgy club which finished up with songs from Grease -felt just like we were back at home...

On Thursday we moved out of the flat. Can´t tell you how relieved we were to leave that place. We have moved in with friends for a few days. Lucy moved in too and Anna stayed the night (people from the course)so we were finally able to relax, eat nice food, drink beer and not think about that bloody course. We ended up with 2 hours sleep before we were all up flagging a taxi down to take Anna to the airport.
The rest of Friday we were so lazy and just slept. We did get to the Reina Sofia museum on Sat which was pretty unspectacular except for some Joan Miro stuff and of course Picasso´s ´Guernica´. We were quite impressed but it wasn´t completely amazing. On Sat night Greg (another guy off the course) was having a party for his girlfriend´s b-day. More yummy food, we are beginning to put back on all that weight we lost during the course. Ended up at a club called ´Bolshoi´which played some really good music. Sunday was another day of rest. Kev has been attacked by beasties and has had a really bad reaction. Hope this doesn´t happen every time he gets bitten or Africa will not be much fun for him. Even the pharmacy wouldn´t give us anything and said we had to go to the doctor which we decided was a bit OTT.

So now we have to decide what we´ll do next. We have been looking at a guide book and have more or less decided to head south to Toledo, Cordoba, Grenada and Sevilla. The campsites are still open down there, the weather will hopefully be warmer and Paul can pick us up on the way past!?

Well that´ll do for now.

Bye, K & S.
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