You remember I said I would never teach?

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Friday, April 14, 2006

It's finally become warm!!
In my last entry, I mentioned I had a rubbish job. This lasted all of a week and a half before I gave in to the fact that I hated working there, and couldn't stand the way the company operated. I quit, and felt pretty good about doing so. However, this left me with very little to do with my time here, though I wasn't ever so disappointed about this. I was quite happy to while away my time taking a couple of day trips and walking around the city; many, many hours were spent in the tea houses (my new second home is the Dobra Cajovna on Vaclavske namesti), though after three weeks of doing this, I thought it about time to start looking for another job.
That's when I discovered a small problem. This time of year there's not much available if you don't speak Czech, unless I wanted to go back to the call centre. Not happening. The only other option open to me was something I had always said I would never do - teaching English. After a couple of days of indecision, I decided I had to give it a go, so enrolled in a Tefl (teaching english as a foreign language) course on the principle that it would probably be best if I actually knew how to teach before I gave it a go. The course started all of three days after I applied; yay for last minute randomness.

So that's my reason for the lack of updates recently. The course has been incredibly intensive; I was working for at least 10 hours each day, and usually somewhere closer to 15 on the weekends, which left very little time to sit and type. I have a little more time on my hands now that I am (in theory) a qualified English teacher. Frightening prospect, isn't it?
I did enjoy the course in a strange way. It's been a long, long time since I've had to work anything approaching a full day (I think the last time I had any more than about 4 hours of work in one day was in 2003), and even longer since i have had to actually think to work, complete assignments and other such nonsense. I also learnt some Hebrew. Weird. I had been expecting a few others like myself on the course, and was pleasantly surprised to find the other trainees to be a very diverse group, and good fun getting to know. I think that helped a lot towards my sticking with the course and we all passed in the end, with the exception of Larry, who left after the first week to wrestle bears in Kamchatka. Or something like that. It's a shame that our little group mostly went their separate ways the weekend the course ended.
Almost everyone I have met in the past couple of months has been doing something different to the people I usually meet when travelling, from my Polish housemate working here for a multi-national and my American housemate giving tours, despite only having been in this city for a week longer than myself (totally above board and legal, I assure you :), to the other trainees (teachers now) staying here for a year or more and the Czech students with whom I have become friends (they had us teaching within 3 days of starting the course!), so it's been a very interesting couple of months for me. I've certainly had a very different experience here than in most places I visit. Staying for this long has given me a different perspective on the city and the people that live here. I'm not sure if I'm yet entitled to moan about the bloody tourists with their guide books and maps, or the stag parties that you can't escape on the weekends, but I probably will anyway :)

So "what now?" I hear you cry. I wish I knew the answer myself. For the moment, I'm teaching in the school the taught me. It's relaxed and familiar here, so I'm quite comfortable for the moment, but the money isn't spectacular - I'm really doing this just to consolidate what I was taught in the last month. I'm beginning to get itchy feet again, and it's warm enough that I can enjoy my travels without wearing 97 layers to keep the cold out. Then there is the comfort thing - I'm vaguely settled here, and I have a few friends around the city that will be hard to leave. I'll be here until the end of the month for definite, and maybe next month as well, but there's only a small chance I'll be here any longer than that. As with so much of life, I'm still undecided about what to do. Time will tell, i suppose.

That's about all I have to say for now. There'll be more to come soon, if you're lucky!

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