Yea, I Will Miss Linares!

So the last time I wrote about my new home for this past year, Linares, Jaen, it wasn’t necessarily the most…positive post. Screw it. It wasn’t positive at all. I was really quite unhappy. I came in with certain images of what living in Spain would be like, and it turned out to be not at all what I thought. I also started out loving the small size of my town, then grew to despise it.

However, as my time here draws to a close, and I prepare for my brief stint at home before moving to the complete opposite end of Spain for the next school year, I can’t help but think about what I will miss about Linares, and what I do appreciate about having been placed here of all the different places I could have been placed. Fact of the matter is that I will definitely miss some things, as much as I complain that Linares isn’t that great.

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My First Day of School in Spain

Yesterday was my first day of school in Bailen as well as my first day at a language academy in Linares. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but I definitely wasn’t expecting what I encountered in either situation.

I firmly believe that one of the biggest crimes in education is when “teachers” enter the field with absolutely no desire or passion to do so, nor any level of concern or dedication for the students. They do not deserve the title nor the position. Teaching is an art. It is one of the most difficult and demanding jobs out there that literally serves as a crucial contribution to society. We are tasked with raising our future leaders, people who will influence the direction of our global society.

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Making Linares and Spain My New Home

First impressions can always be deceiving it seems. There are gems to be found everywhere, you just have to search a little harder sometimes.

My first impression of my new hometown of Linares was not fantastic. I was coming from a three hour train ride and lugging my four heavy bags of luggage around, trying to figure out how to get them on and off the train without breaking my back in the process, so I tried to give Linares a benefit of a doubt based on the fact that my mood was so sour.

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No Pictures Please/Traveling Blindly to Jaen

The big news has finally come! I have received my teaching placement in Jaen, Andalucia.

Okay. Hold up, let’s be real. How many people have even heard of Jaen? Spain is big, for sure, but also has many well known cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, Valencia, to name just a few. So I know for me even, who studied in Spain for six weeks and has been studying a Spain guidebook religiously for the past few weeks, was like, Jaen, huh?

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