saffiter: (Seeker in Training)
Hey everyone!

Just wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Have stolen my Dad's laptop for a few minutes to type this. Saw my message on the phone the other day and yeesh, talk about typo filled!).

So, ankle is pretty much healed up. Still a little tender (it doesn't like going down stairs), but I can walk on it without limping. Knee is a lovely shade of blue-ish-purple and it doesn't like going up stairs... so I'm gimpy no matter which direction I go on the stairs (My students sent up a cry of "You should be at home resting!!" when they heard what had happened.

(btw, went over on my ankle again the next day in the same area. Thankfully my ankle was strapped at the time so it really only twinged a bit).

Parents came down for christmas/new years and I spent a lot of time with them.

Work's been busy. One of my co-workers called in 10 minutes before we were due to start teaching on Thursday this week. I get a phone call from the front office on my mobile (accidentally hung up on them...new phone -_-;;) and was asked to cover not only my class, but Rufus' and his....at the same freakin' time!!!!. 10 minutes to plan a 4 hour lesson for 3 classes of IELTS/EAP and all of them are at different levels.

OMGWTFBBQ???!!!!

I've been doing that all week. (Nice, short week).

On top of that, the DoS has been coming to me to discuss my opinion on stuff like schedualing for classes during the holiday... o.O what's up with that?

Pay day is either this week or next week. Not sure which since I can't get a straight answer out of boss on what day, exactly, is pay day.

Hope everyone is okay.

I is...

Apr. 9th, 2009 07:50 am
saffiter: (Yee Haw - Lando)
... packing.

I fly for Paris for a few days tomorrow. I'm getting the 5:30am bus *pulls a face* to Warsaw and then my flight is at 3:45pm. I'll let you all know about my trip when I get back.

Oh, and I'm sick again. I've been sniffling and sneezing for a couple of days. I'm hoping it holds off until after the holidays.

Later!

*goes back to packing*

Relief!

Mar. 13th, 2009 06:06 am
saffiter: (Don't make me slap you Indy)
Right, so the boss has still managed to piss me off a bit and I had a go at her today about it (good natured, so she didn't realise just how furious I was, but I have drawn attention to the fact that what she sent was inappropriate considering the amount of work that I'd put in over the last week and a bit).

I'd spent 6+ hours planning for this class today where the lady from Kratorium came in to watch. I sent it off to her on Monday at about 11pm. I get up Tuesday morning, spend about two hours planning lessons and hand making materials for the Thursday lesson. I get online, check my email and find this:

"Sheena, I'd really like you to work harder" and there were attachments of Agnes' lesson plans. She wanted me to redo the lesson plan so that it looked more like Agnes'. Again there was no please or thank you. I was furious. Work harder?! How much harder could I bloody well work? Cue much swearing and opening of programs on my laptop to start re-writing the lesson plan. I finally got it in to her about 3am that next morning.

What my boss keeps forgetting is that I don't have a background in education like Agnes does. She's got a Bachelor of Education and spent two years or more teaching at schools in America. I've BA and a four week CELTA course...and lesson plans were never my strong point. I don't really get how to write them. I can teach no problems, and I know what I want to do, but all the really complex stuff just goes right over my head. Telling me "Write a lesson plan by X date" doesn't really help me. Give me an example and I can do it, but just telling me you want a lesson plan by Monday is not helpful at all!

Also the constant coming up to me and going "the lesson must be lively and full of movement" nearly every single time you see me is just going to drive me around the bend. Today, when she asked me if I was nervous, I just snapped at her with a "No, fed up and glad that it will be all over soon, but not nervous"... she just assumed I was nervous 'cause I don't usually snap at her.

... and she made two of my youngest students cry today in front of the whole class and I don't know why. She's on my shit-list for that. You don't make my students cry and not tell me why *scowls*. Especially not the two 7 year olds. I was thankfully able to get them laughing and smiling again once she left (thank goodness for silly lesson songs and random games + Sheena acting like an idiot).

Oh, and one of the kids announced today that his English has really improved. He used to get 4's at school (barely passing), he's now getting 6's (which are the highest mark you can get). I feel so proud right now ^________^.

So, the lady sat in on my lesson today. Group I, my least behaved class. I was worried because of this. 3 the students didn't turn up, but 9 did...

... it was actually a really, really good lesson. My boss shook my hand as she left and told me that it was a good lesson. The best she'd ever seen me give. The lady from Kratorium loved the lesson and hugged me when she left for the evening! And from the sounds of it she couldn't stop talking about the lesson the rest of the time she was there O.o.

Other good news:

I'm going to PARIS at Easter!!!!! It's all booked. I'm going to see one of my old workmates from China on the 10th, go to Eurodisney another day...and guess what? [livejournal.com profile] randybaggins will be in Paris at the exact same time as me!!!!!. We'd joked about this when I first got a job in Europe, but I thought it was just a joke.

Nope, she's coming to Paris! I can't wait!

I feel...

Feb. 14th, 2009 03:27 am
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very, very accomplished right now.

Why? I'll tell you why! *grins*

Growing up I learnt how to use a vacuum cleaner once I was big enough to actually drag the bloody thing around (and I actually swing a mean vacuum cleaner), but there's one thing that no-one ever taught me: How to change/empty the dust bag. Someone else (usually Mum, or, when I was working at Muffin Break, one of the other girls) would always empty it.

Well, today that all changed. Mum's not here, none of my old workmates are here, and I'm sure Agnes or my boss would absolutely love me if I called them up to ask them how to empty the dust bag on a vacuum cleaner. They'd probably wonder what the heck I was on!

So, I'm cleaning the flat (well, part of it. The living room mainly, which also doubles as my bedroom, the kitchen and a couple of other things), picking up all the rubbish that's accumulated over the semester (during term I just don't get the time to clean. It's work, eat sleep, rinse and repeat). Oh, it's not messy messy, it's just I don't get time to do a serious cleaning so it looks kinda... messy... yeah. I'll just stop that statement ri~ight there and say nothing more. Add on top of that the fact that I've been sick for the last few weeks with little to no energy and you get the idea.

So, all the rubbish was either in the bins or in the recycling and I went and grabbed the vacuum. After tripping the fuses four freaking times! and plunging myself into darkness I finally figured out what I needed to turn off/unplug so that I could use the vacuum (good news is it only took me four minutes of flicking random switches in the fuse box thingy up near my door to work out how to get my electricity back). Laptop, stereo, external hardrive, all of those were unplugged and I cautiously turned the vacuum on for the fifth time to find it working and myself not suddenly thrust back into the dark ages.

About two minutes into vacuuming I realised that there just wasn't any suction happening. There wasn't anything stuck in the pipes so I figured the bag had to be full.

Cue much swearing as I tried to figure exactly where the bag was placed in the vacuum and where the opening was. I found it eventually and got it opened.

I seriously don't think that bag had been emptied in a couple of years. I'm surpised I had any suction at all to be honest.

Getting the bag out didn't actually turn out to be a problem. A bit of swearing, a bit of wiggling promising bits in the vacuum and out comes the bag. There was this little sliding clip at the bottom of the bag which looked like it was holding it closed, so I pulled it off, put the bag inside a bigger garbage bag (and made sure that there was no way any dust would come flying out, made sure I held onto the top of the dust-bag and shook the ever living crap out of if to empty it.

One empty dust-bag was the result... and a crap load of dust/hair/I don't even want to think about it was in the garbage bag. Of course I didn't actually succeed in keeping all the dust out and I'm still sniffling and sneezing from it, but I did it! And I managed to get it back into the vacuum cleaner without any problems at all!

So, I'm feeling very accomplished right now!

I also got out of the house again today. I went out for lunch with Agnes. She finally cashed in her "I owe you a meal of your choice" thing I gave her for her birthday and we had a really nice lunch at Bar Magnus and then wandered around the town for a while. I then came home and did a crap load of cleaning. I'm feeling a little shaky and tired right now, but, hey! The important part of the flat is clean. I still have to do the study/bedroom (not that I actually sleep in there, but it's still a bedroom), but no visitors go in there. I also have to do the bathroom, but that won't take me too long.

Also *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* Full length Transformers 2 trailer has been leaked to Youtube!

Trailer!!!! )
saffiter: (Don't piss off the Hatchet)
Okay, I totally embarrassed myself walking across to the shops today. I keep forgetting not to walk on snow that's been walked over countless times by hundreds of people.

It is of the slippery.

Now, normally they sand the snow (which is literally getting handfuls of sand/dirt/gritty stuff and scattering it across wherever people are going to walk). This seems to stop people from stacking it for the most part. Some wonderful person forgot to sand the walkway out the front of RAST today. It snowed last night and people have been walking across it all day. It's on a slope, too.

Cue Sheena's feet skidding out from underneath her suddenly, legs going flying up over her head, landing hard on her arse (and hands slamming hard down onto the snow/pavement/ice) and sliding about 2m down the walkway.

Owie.

My arse hurts right now. I bet there's a bruise.

At least I didn't smack my head on the concrete. That would've really hurt.

In other news I got out of the house and the town for a bit yesterday. I hopped a bus to Olsztyn. I didn't really do much as there's nothing really on at the cinemas that I want to see so I just wandered around my usual haunts for a while and had lunch at KFC at about 1pm and then caught a bus back to Mragowo. Nothing really exciting but it was great to get out for a while. I haven't been further than the store (which is across the road) in about 2 1/2 weeks!

I also did a couple of things in Mragowo before I headed back to the flat. First off a quick visit to Rossman for essentials like shampoo, conditioner (RAST doesn't stock the one that I use), deoderant, a scented candle to burn in the flat, and a small, cheap travel hair dryer (19zl. I finally decided that sitting up until all hours waiting for my hair to dry was a bad idea after washing my hair on Sunday night and then having troubles keeping my eyes open while waiting for my hair to dry).

I did something to my right calf while I was out. Probably pulled something when I was racing to get to the bus yesterday morning. Or on the footpaths in Olsztyn or Mragowo. Walking in Poland is hazardous sometimes.

Sheena is currently slow and gimpy when she walks *pulls a face*

I was exhausted by the time I got home. Energy levels still aren't up to where they were before I got sick. It's probably going to take me a while to get back to where I was before that happend. I'm still walking much slower than I used to as well. Walking fast makes me cough. My legs were aching like you wouldn't believe, too.

I might go and see Valkyrie on Saturday. I'm not much of a Tom Cruise fan, but it's about a plot that actually happened about 20minutes away from me in the next town across; Ketzryn (Okay, it's a little bit out of Ketzryn, but you can base yourself there and visit). Yep, I live near the Wolf's Lair. I'm going to go and visit it when it warms up a little bit. I'll take pictures.

*Checks movie timetable* Er, Nope. Scratch that. The only thing playing on Saturday is some sort of 3D thing for Valentines day. No thanks. As I neither have a boyfriend or speak Polish I'll stay home. I'll see it Friday next week instead.

Also, I have some more Rome pictures up in my online photo album: (LOOKIT THE PICCIES!!!)

Also, I really need to keep away from Amazon.com *laughs*. I went and bought myself three things: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull paperback novel, Transformers Movie Sequel: Reign of Starscream, and Transformers Movie Prequel: Saga of the Allspark.

I really, really wanted to get Alliance and Defiance (Ratchet = FTW!!!! <3. Fannon grouchy Ratchet now appears to be Canon *grins*), but they're part of a series and I'd rather wait until all of them are out and get them together in one book like I am with Reign of Starscream.

*EDIT* I swear, it sounds like my neighbours (the ones above me) have got hold of a pogo stick and are currently bouncing about on it indoors.

Oooh... and did you know they're making a Thundercats movie?! It's due out next year and it's going to be CGI.

Also, they're going to make another Phantom (as in Ghost Who Walks, not creepy guy in a half mask with a heroine that I just want to slap) movie! *squees and bounces*. Okay, the first one wasn't the greatest movie ever, but they made most of it in my home town (Brisbane and also at Movieworld on the Gold Coast) so I love sitting there and spotting all the places that are familiar to me. Also, it's Phantom! I loved that comic book! It used to be the one comic book that I'd collect as a kid.

I Li~ive!

Feb. 8th, 2009 07:20 pm
saffiter: (Jazz Beauty in Goodbye)
Hey all!

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated *grins (I've always wanted to say that). It may've felt like I was dead/dying for a while there but I'm feeling much better now.

So, what've I been up to? Absolutely nothing. That cold that Bartosz #2 (now named the Little Shite-Head, or, He-Who-Must-Be-Killed!) gave me when he sneezed/coughed all over me (again. He's two for two right now) mutated. Little bugger gave me Bronchitis.

I was starting to feel better on Thursday and then came the weekend. I woke up very early Saturday morning (I'd slept pretty much straight through Friday O.o ) shivering like you wouldn't believe and aching everywhere. By the time Sunday rolled around I'd been visited by my old friends nausea and vomiting (which is nuts! Before this year I pretty much never threw up. I'd get the occasional bout of nausea, but never really threw up. This year *shakes head* The two times I've got sick, thank you, Bartosz, I've been visited by it. Can I go back to Australia now, please?). I also had pretty much no appetite at all (I think I ate maybe a bowl of ceral and a peice of toast all weekend).

I don't really remember much of Monday at all. I do remember walking home though. Every five steps had me coughing uncontrollably. I seriously expected to see my lungs go flopping across the footpath.

Tuesday rolled around and Agnes called me up and asked if I wanted her to take me to the doctor (I'd been coughing and looking like crap for a week. My cough was... not very nice sounding). I felt fine at the time (it was 9am, I hadn't even got out of bed yet) so told her no. A couple of hours later when I actually went to get out of bed I got a bit of a nasty shock. I had absolutely no energy at all. It takes about ten steps to get from my bed (read: fold out couch in the living room) to the bathroom.

I barely made it.

I managed to drag together enough energy to get myself across to the shops to buy a couple of bottles of Powerade, a bottle of water for the evening, and a packet of rice crackers to try and force down to get some sort of food in my stomach (It took me 45 minutes to eat one). The Powerade was to help give me enough energy to get through the night. I spent the rest of the day just flopped on the bed wondering how I was going to get through my classes and thankful that I only have two classes on a Tuesday night.

First words out of Lucja's (my boss) mouth were "What the hell are you doing here?!". First words out of Agnes' mouth were "You look like shit!" followed by "I'm taking you to the doctor tomorrow!". For once I didn't argue.

Group I thought I was sad when I first walked in. Unfortunately they decided that it was going to be one of their difficult days where they just don't stop talking and misbehave. Normally I can handle that. That day... er... well, the good news is I learnt that just glaring and quietly letting them know that I'm not happy with them works rather well. I taught the class from the teacher's desk 'cause I couldn't really stand for very long at all.

Halfway through teaching group I I started shivering uncontrollably. I was absolutely freezing!. I had to go and get my jacket! I didn't really stop shivering for the rest of the night. Please keep in mind that this is the jacket that I wear when it's 0C to -5Cish or so outside.

Group J took one look at me and pointed at the door with a "Sheena, go home!". They were great. Then again they're always pretty good. I taught from the desk again. Thankfully it was a listening lesson so all I really had to do was ask questions and push the button on the cd player. The last 20 minutes they had a speaking exercise so I just put my head on the desk for that excercise. I didn't sleep, I was actually listening to them talk and I'd butt in occasionally with either a correction or a suggestion. At one point Jarek told me to put my head back on the desk and go back to dying *laughs*

So, Agnes draged me to the doctors on Wednesday morning. First place we went to was full (there's a bit of a flu epidemic happening here right now). Second place we went to wasn't. We only had to wait for about half an hour to see a doctor (it was kinda weird to just walk in and sit down without an appointment). Agnes did the translating and I got diagnosed with Bronchitis.

Joy.

One trip to the pharmicist later (and copious amounts of different anti-biotics) I'm back at home. I didn't go to work that night, or the next night. Lucja took my classes (I kinda pity my classes). I started feeling much better about three days after I visited the doctor. I slept a lot and my appetite finally came back, too! I've gone from not really wanting to eat anything to being a bottomless pit *laughs*. Though, that's probably a good thing 'cause I've lost a noticible amount of weight. My hip bones are starting to stick out and the bones in my chest are kinda visiable at the moment (little to no appetite for a couple of weeks will do that to a person) O.o So... yeah, I need to see about getting some of that weight back on.

Thankfully our winter break started on the Monday so I only missed two days of classes. Unfortunatly I had to cancel my trip to Krakow *pouts*. Two weeks off and I'm staying in Mragowo. I could probably go somewhere now, but I think I'd be safer to just stay at home and make sure I'm fully recovered before heading back to work on the 15th.

There's just one downside: I'm really, really bo~ored!!!! There's nothing to do in Mragowo. I'm planning to go on a day trip to Olsztyn tomorrow just to get me out of here for a while.

And that's what I've been up to for the last couple of weeks. Not much at all.
saffiter: (Crying Mutt)

...the more I think the Poles are nuts!

More on that statement later.

So, Merry Chrismtas, Happy New Year, all that sort of stuff.

So, what did Sheena get up to on her Christmas break.

Quite a bit, actually )

Oh, the weather's also warmed up. It's currently -15C


Wanna see what it looks like here right now? Here's a pic for you:



Keep in mind that it snowed for another 12 hours after this photo was taken.
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...from a bloody freezing Amsterdam ^____^

I've spent the last few days (including Christmas) at my Uncle's place outside the city. Incidentaly, I think I'm allergic to something there. Every time I go there I end up with itchy eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing like you wouldn't believe. I've got quite a few pictures so far.

Anyway, I'm not sure how much more time I've got, but I thought I'd let you all know that I'm alive ^____^. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

I'm going to run around the city tomorrow (there's a free three hour walking tour at 10am that I'm thinking of taking) and take lots of pictures. I'll try to get them posted up (or at least the good ones posted) when I get back to Poland.

Later!
saffiter: (Joker Origins)
...which back home in Australia is usually a non-event. We get maybe one or two teenagers trying to trick or treat (half the time not even in costume), but Halloween isn't really a big thing in Australia. We don't carve pumpkins, we don't really have dress-up parties (though I wish we did. I love dressing up!) and we certainly don't go trick-or-treating.

The same happens in Poland. Halloween is a non-event.

They celebrate the Day of the Dead (1st November). They know of Halloween, but they don't really celebrate it. On the day before, the day of, and the day after the 1st of November they visit the graves of deceased family members. They clean the grave, put fresh flowers on them, pray, and light lanterns on the grave. It's an eerie sight to walk past at night! (Yes, I live five minutes from the town graveyard. I'm very tempted to go for a walk tomorrow night and take some pictures of the graveyard. It's a beautiful/eerie sight! I'll see how cold it is, 'cause right now it's freezing!!!!).

Now, picture this:

An Australian in a Polish classroom teaching her students about what is pretty much an Americanised holiday... how's that for an odd mental image?

So, I've been bugging Agnes for pumpkin carving tips for the last few days (as we walked into the office on Monday to see three honkin' great big pumpkins. Seriously, I've never seen pumpkins that big before! We were hoping to get away with not doing anything for Halloween). I told my 'I' group students on Tuesday that they could come to class in costume if they so wished, but they were NOT getting out of the irregular verb test that I had planned for Thursday (cue much groaning and whining).

Around rolls Thursday. First group up was Group C. They're 5-8 year olds. There was no way in hell I was going to let a knife get anywhere near that classroom. Bartosz #2 is mildy...um... hyper and likes to grab things located at chest height (I got my hair pulled, well, yanked really really hard, and he keeps trying to stab me with a pen when I walk past. One minute he's this sweet little boy, the next he's screaming and trying to pull your hair or stab you with writing implements.... o.O). So, absolutely no knife in that classroom. They got to design pumpkin faces on peices of paper and colour it in. I then put their artwork up on the blue piece of cloth up near the board.

Next up was Group I. Some of them came in costume, some didn't. They weren't too happy at doing that irregular verb test, but I'm trying to get these damn things to stick and if they hate me for that then so be it. First up was the test. Then they all designed a pumpkin face. While that was going on I was hacking away at the top of the pumpkin trying to get to the stuff inside (and make a lid). These kids may've been 12-14, but I still wasn't letting any of them near a knife if I could possibly help it.

Me: *stab knife in pumpkin, wiggle knife, mutter under my breath. Yank out knife. Repeat*
Students:O.o... Sheena... what are you doing?

Actually, it was quite cathartic.

When it came time to cleaning out the guts of the pumpkin I handed out the spoons and let them have at it. They took it in turns of four. I still ended up doing some of the scraping, but for the most part they did it.

Then it came time for picking the face. There was no one design that stood out above the rest, but each one that had helped with the scraping had some element in their design that looked good (and was easy for me to carve :P). So, I ended up picking elements from all the designs to make the new one (did it up on the board so they could make corrections).

After that I drew the face onto the pumpkin and went at it with the knife again. *stab, wiggle, wiggle, mutter, yank out, STAB*. It turned out quite well! Much better than my first attempt last year which was lopsided, droopy, and looked quite sorry for itself. This looked like a carved pumpkin should look!

My pumpkin! )

Final class of the evening was group J. I haven't laughed that much in a long time! We were reviewing for a test that they have on Tuesday. It started out sedate enough, but then we got to the Question Tag game. Someone reads out the start of a sentence and they have to answer the fastest with the correct question tag... things got.. interesting.

Ties were decided by Rock, Paper, Scissors. Patryk was declared the Rock, Paper, Scissors king after winning a round where every card he won was through that game *laughs*. Iwona got a little confused and tried to play Rock, Paper, Scissors with the wrong person, and Marta lost it completely *grins. We left her in a corner when she couldn't stop laughing at everyone else's antics. She was giggling hysterically for about 10 mintues! Just when she'd managed to stop Jarek decided to break out his victory dance when he won a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors and set her off again.

Adam decided he'd had enough, reached for the dictionary, looked up a word, and then loudly declared (with a grin on his face) that he was going to boycott the game if he didn't win (to which everyone laughed and teased him good naturedly). Then He pulls out a deck of cards and adds in his own rule "Joker trumps everything! MuwhahahahahahahaHAHAHAHA!!!!" (Cue Marta falling into a fit of giggles again).

And me? I was sitting off to the side cacking myself laughing and the antics of my class.

I love J group (and I have Lucja's permission to take them to a cafe for the occasional lesson... should be interesting!)

Urk...

Aug. 23rd, 2008 08:01 pm
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... I went to Green Island today. Beautiful weather, lovely and sunny, but there was just one small problem...

... lots of wind. Which meant that the seas were up at the 3-4m swell range, which means that the catamaran that I was on was rocking like you wouldn't believe. I nearly fell down a couple of flights of stairs coming down from the top deck. Thank god I've got fast reflexes and caught myself on the handrails. It wouldn't've been pretty otherwise. Broken bones at the least.

...and I think we might've had a 'Man Overboard' at one point. I heard some of the crewmembers talking. I hope not, 'cause that ocean was nasty today.

I also got a bit seasick, which I never get. I was fine until I had to go up and scream at a couple of my study tour kids. They were running around, up and down the stairs not holding on to anything and they were playing up the "I can't speak any English" card for all they could. I know they understand "Sit Down!!!" (and myself and Bev, the other teacher, were screaming it at them in Japanese as well). I had to go up to the top deck to find them and got really, really woozy/dizzy. I felt really, really awful by the time I got back down to my seat. Add in that people were throwing up left, right, and centre as well and you get seasick Sheena.

The actual island part was fun *grins*. The kids went swimming (I didn't. The water was like ice and it was too windy for me) and Bev and I went for a wander around the entire island... it's not actually that big. I saw a shark in the good snorkelling area again, too (that's three times for three visits, now...only the first time the bloody thing was following me while I was snorkelling!).

On the trip back I took one of the seasickness pills Bev bought with her and was fine! The kids wanted to get up and run around again (even after the talking to we'd given them when we got to the island), but death glares and very loud "NO!"s seemed to work quite well...that and Bev and I sat on the outer edges of the seats, the kids couldn't get out *evil grin*. So, they all talked amongst themselves, arm-wrestled o.O (and yes, I joined in *laughs* ) and then curled up into uncomfortable positions that only small children can pull off and went to sleep.

...meanwhile the boat was still rocking like crazy! Thanks the the seasickness tablet I was able to enjoy it and giggled like a loony thing most of the trip home. Bev kept trying to take videos of the trip, 'cause her family wouldn't believe how rough the seas were, only she had the worst timing. Every time she put her camera down the boat would rock like crazy. By the time she got her camera up the rocking had smoothed out.

Right now I feel like I'm physically still on the boat. Going to bed tonight is going to be interesting.
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Right so more on what I've been up to for the last few days. Emotional breakdowns in the post office, horrified students (I'm not evil, really! *evil grin*) and the like. All par for the course.

Day 4 )
 
Day 5 )

Day 6 )

Tomorrow is a sports day down on the esplanade (hopefully the mudflats will be covered by water). That should be interesting..well, interesting as in "pull your hair out trying to get them to do stuff" kind of way. 

Saturday is going to be FUN!!!! We're going to Blazing Saddles (yes, that's really its' name. I keep giggling and will be half expecting Mel Brooks to jump out at some point). In the morning we're going horseriding through the rainforest. Then they supply lunch. After lunch we're getting on ATV's and hooning through the rainforest. It's been raining a lot lately. We're going to get so dirty! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How to horrify your Japanese students in four easy steps:

1. Buy a meat pie made from minced Kangaroo meat.

2. Take it over to them and start to eat. When they ask "What flavour is it?" reply, quite cheerfully with a bit of a manic grin "Kangaroo!"'

3. Take a large bite.

4. Listen to the horrified squeels and watch shocked looks on their faces.

Study Tour

Jul. 21st, 2008 09:17 pm
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Days 1 to 3.

Dealing with Kansai International High School. I've got a group of 12 15-16 year olds. Thankfully I'm not getting too much in the way of attitude...yet.

I've put it behind the cut as you all know my propensity for babble ^____^.

Day 1 )

Day 2 )

Day 3 )

And that's what I've been up to since Thursday. Tomorrow is a quiet day (shopping in Cairns Central with the kids) and Wednesday is going to be INSANE!!

Oh, conversation of the day: 

Students: Are you French?
Me: ....no. I'm Australian.
Students: No, are you French- Australian?
Me:....... um... no. I'm Irish/Dutch-Australian
Students: Oh.... you look like Marie Antoinette.
Me: I should hope not. She got her head cut off! I like my head where it is, thank you. Not... *mimes head being chopped off and then pretends to kick it out the window*
Students: Well, you do. She was French.
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... .no biscuit!

I've been home for a few weeks now and haven't really mentioned what I've been doing. Bad Sheena!

So, For about the first week or so I was jet lagged to absolute hell! My first day back I lay down, had a nap, and then gave Mum this "Who the hell are you and where the hell am I?!" look when she woke me up. I was really, really out of it.

My second day I went in to International House to line up some work for my holidays. Turns out that with the Qantas/Jetstar/Whatever saying "We're not flying direct to Cairns anymore on international flights!" a lot of students had pulled out of study tours and enrolements were way down, so I wouldn't have as much work as what I normally would. I wasn't so worried about that as I would've been if I was back for good.

I still managed to pick up one really cool two week study tour. When I mean really cool, I mean that I won't really have to teach any English at all. I'll be basically travelling around with them, supervising and joining in on the activities they do. Lesse: White water rafting, horse riding, ATV stuff, Barrier reef trip, Tjapukai, Skyrail, Kuranda train... the list goes on. It's gonna be fun!

I've also got a one week, young learners study tour where I teach them English in the morning and then we do stuff in the afternoon (paint boomerangs, visit the zoo, reef trip etc).

As well as that I've got two days of relief teaching and I'm on call if they need me for anything else.

My parents took me to Cooktown for the first weekend I was back. It was quite fun to run around there. Pretty too! There's some really windy places though. One place, and I have a picture of this, had trees that grew sideward s it was that windy!

The next weekend I went to Brisbane and ran around with some of my old friends. We visited shopping centres, as I hadn't seen a proper one in sooooo long (The one I go to in Poland is rather underwhelming)

We went and saw Kung-Fu Panda as well. Very, very funny that film (though we could've quite happily strangled the little kids in there. It's a movie theatre, not a baby sitting service. If your child is going to wander about the theatre and start fights with other little kids than they're obviously too young to be in there in teh first place!).

And that's pretty much all I've done in the last few weeks since I've been back. Nothing really exciting, I've done a bit of icon making, the newest batches can be found over on

[personal profile] saffiter  (my icon lj), and I've started screencapping PotC3 (the blooper reel at least) and I've made a few icons from it. I also have to do my tax return. BLAH and ICK!!! I say!

 

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..yeah.

I've had to go over all of my exams (all 7 classes of them) to see how many of the fails I could drag up to a pass. It took me most of yesterday to mark them (not counting the couple of hours I was at my bosses for my farewell bbq) and I had to go back over every single bloody one. (to give you an idea, the pile of tests is about 4 inches thick!)

Gah!

Just Gah!

So, four hours and one bottle of white wine later (Aussie wine...gooooooood!) I've managed to drag most of them up to a borderline pass. Don't ask me how I did it, but I did it (I think the 15 minute talk from my boss on how "We've never had such a bad result before, you must do something about this. You must pass as many as you can. We want most of these students to come back!" helped. Unfortunately she wouldn't listen to me when I tried to explain how "This one is lazy, this one doesn't try, this one prefers to talk all lesson, this one just doesn't seem to get it. This one is in the wrong level"). 

So, this is my last week before summer holidays. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

I head for Australia for the holidays on Saturday ^_________________^. I need a holiday. I need to sleep on a real bed! (did I mention that my 'bed' is a fold out couch?)

So much to do between now and then. I've got a crapload of mail to post off, I've got an apartment to clean...or at least tidy and get all the textbooks/tests/paper off the floor, a fridge to clean out (umm.... how do you defrost a freezer? I have no idea how) and I haven't even started packing yet.

I finish work on Friday night at 8:30. Then I have to go home and run about like a demented chicken packing. I probably won't get much sleep on Friday night. I'll get up on Saturday and either get a bus to Olsztyn and then get a train to Warsaw, or get a bus to Warsaw...I'm not sure yet. The bus has the advantage that I don't have to lug all my stuff around quite as much (I have a hard enough time lugging my stuff up the train steps when I've just got a small bag.... a 20kg port, back pack, and laptop...yeah, that'll be fun!)...but it's cramped and small and....well, cramped. I have long legs that disagree with bus seats.

I still might do the bus though, less port lugging.

So, I've got Saturday night in Warsaw. Then I head to Frankfurt by plane at about 11:30am. I've got 11 hours on the ground in Frankfurt, a 13ish hour flight to Singapore. 4 hours on the ground in Singapore, 8 hours to Cairns (with 1 hour stopover in Darwin).

Why does Australia have to be so bloody far away from everything?

I've got a job lined up for when I'm home. Study tours. Same thing I was doing in Australia before I came to Poland.

One of my students bought me a box of Chocolates today *grins* EXPENSIVE chocolates at that! (I know the brand). They were to say thank you for the year. I've never got Chocolates from a student before ^_____^ (one of my students tried to bribe me with chocolate milk if she passed the test...she passed one the second try...hmm....I wonder...*grins*)...I've got flowers before (you remember my post about Teachers day and getting chased down the hallway by students carrying roses).

Oh, Polish updates. I can now go to the movies and buy myself a ticket, popcorn and a drink on my own *looks proud*. I've been to see Ironman, and Indiana Jones twice...AND I can now ask "Is this film in English?" (unfortunately the new Narnia film is dubbed into Polish so I have to wait until I get home to see it)

The sun. WTF is up with it?!?!?! I'm used to a Winter 6am sunrise, 6am sunset. Summer 5am sunrise, 7pm sunset. 

Here:

Winter: 9-10am sunrise, 3:30pm sunset ( o.O )
Summer (which is right now) 3:00am sunrise (or it starts to rise), 11:00pm sunset.

WTF?!?!?!

....er....yeah. I'm going to go now. It's 2am, I kinda want to be in bed while it's still kinda dark *grins* That and I have to get up early and work out what the heck I'm going to give some of my students as another 'Final Test' so that they can pass *headdesk*

*yawns*

Mar. 17th, 2008 09:13 am
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Well, a couple of things.

1) I went swimming today. That was the most physical activity I've had since the weather started getting bloody freezing! We went to the Mercure hotel, which has a crapload of different pools, saunas, and water slides to choose from. I went with Agnes and her fiancee and the fiancee's brother. 30zl for an hour and a half (including towels, showers, saunas, spas etc.).

The place also has horse riding, ice-skating rink, a video game parlour, AND bowling. You could spend a whole day there!

2) I'm going to Wroclaw (pronounced wrotswav) next week for four nights. It's the easter holidays and I'm getting the hell out of dodge for a while. I've got five days off so I'm bloody well going to use them. I've got a hostel booked that's right on the old town *grin* and apparently one of the best in Wroclaw. I'll let you know more about the trip when I actually get back from the trip. All I know at the moment is that it's an 8 hour train trip away.

3) I found Mead! Well, a honey liquer that's made from a recipie that's a couple of hundred years old and has spices and everything in it. It kind burns on the way down, but is most nummy! (yes, I'm drinking a glass of it right now. It's 38% proof... did I ever get that icon for when I was feeling all WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!? I can't remember. I've had a couple of mouthfuls and my head is spinning...and my throat is burning. I don't know whether that is the alcohol or the spices in the drink.). They also have honey flavoured vodka which I so have to try when I finish the bottle of whatever the hell it is I'm drinking.

4) Iconsies! I have more. I learnt a new trick with the GIMP program. I can now superimpose an image over the top of another image...and I can't really describe it, but you'll see what I mean. It's like the mother of all cut and past jobs, but I now know how to do it so expect wallpapers when I actually have the time (and am not quite so sloshed).

Iconsies! )

Three days until holidays! *cheers*!!! ThenI havfe a four daybreak in May that I'm thinking of going away for as well.. maybe to Gdansk again. I liked Gdansk.
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... I just realised that I haven't told you anything of what I did on my holiday. BAD Sheena! LOL!

So, I'll start with my first day and post one a day ('cause I'm seriously running around like a demented headless chicken on crack at the moment at work. Two new students and only a few months to finish text books that should take 4 semesters, not TWO!! Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!! STRESS!!!)

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I've been running around Holland for the last week. Spent a day in Amsterdam, got tried as a witch and sentenced to be burnt at the stake (after being stretched on the rack) at the seriously creepy, but absolutely fun Amsterdam Dungeon. Got my photo taken with CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow at Madam Tussad's. I've now got a goal in life. To visit every Madam Tussads in the world LOL! I've been to Den Haag and saw the Dutch Queen go galloping down the beach on horseback (apparently quite a normal occurance). Seen lots of canals, but didn't get to take a canal tour in Amsterdam. 

Too. 

Bloody. 

COLD!!!!!! 

I spent the last three/four days in Rotterdam and didn't get to see everything that I wanted, but I got to see a lot (especially when I jumped on the wrong trams constantly and ended up VERY lost quite a lot LOL!)

I've taken a ton of photo's. I'll sort them when I get back to Mragowo.

The weather's been pretty much cold, wet and windy the entire time I've been here (pretty much the same sort of weather as the last time I was here. I'm sensing that this is NORMAL weather for the Netherlands LOL!). I've got the sniffles right now, but I think half of that may be that I'm allergic to something in my uncle's house because I woke up with itchy eyes this morning. I mean REALLY itchy eyes. They weren't red, thankfully, just really itchy.

Anyway, fly back to Warsaw tonight and then head to Mragowo tomorrow morning. Joy. I'm not looking forward to all that travelling tomorrow.

I'll post more when I get back.

WHEEE!!!!

Jan. 9th, 2008 10:26 am
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I am Holland bound next week. I'll let you know more later, but I just booked my flights (it only took me 4 HOURS!!! *scowl*)for my winter break. I'm going to go exploring the country my father's family came from. 

Let you know more later!

*EDIT*

Melting snow is slushy/icky!!! I fell over in it this afternoon *is embarrased*

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