Trip Start Apr 14, 2006
102Trip End Jul 2008
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So we've already jumped in with our training. The first night all we did was eat and sleep, I was so tired I was dizzy, but the next morning we started a full day at 9 am. We heard from directors of the Sofia office and of PST (pre service training,) and admin people on all kinds of stuff. Then we had 2 hours of language training in groups of 8, which was really fun. We worked on the alphabet, greetings, counting and money. Then we had a presentation from our program directors, so all the primary TEFL in one room and the secondary teachers in another. That was the only boring part of the day. Oh, bit of a change, I found out yesterday that I am actually a secondary (highschool) teacher. When I got my invitation they sent me the wrong leaflet. Oops. I'm happy tho, with older kids you can get into more interesting things, and I have ideas for cool extracurricular activities I can start like a school newspaper, in English or Bulgarian I haven't decided.
The only 'weird' thing we've had to adjust to so far is the showers. The bathroom has a tile floor, a toilet, sink, a shower head and a drain in the floor. There's no separate shower structure or even a curtain. It wasn't a big deal, I just had to rescue the toilet paper before it got soaked. It's only annoying that my roommate Krissi couldnt be in there brushing her teeth while I was showering, and vice versa
So far the food is really good, pretty much what all the guidebooks said, it's salads, grilled meet, tart yoghurt for breakfast, potatoes, feta cheese (at least that's what it tastes like) and stuffed grape leaves. Apparently the food is really similar between Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey and all 3 places claim it is 'their way.'
We are really isolated up here, I think they did that on purpose so we wouldnt all go out and not focus on our training. And so we'd get over the jet lag sooner. The only problem with that is there is no internet and phone service is really expensive anywhere in Bulgaria. We can only buy 18 leva phone cards which gets us 9 minutes to the States, this works out to about $1.20 a minute. So mom, you'll get one short phone call that's it.