Round Two: Back to Life, Back to Reality

Three weeks in the city have brought on quite the escapades.

Find an apartment – check.

Get an ESL teaching job – check.

Find a yoga studio and actually go to classes- check.

Get to know our new city a little more each day – check.

The minute after I sent in the apartment deposit and accepted the job offers, I hopped over to a yoga studio to treat myself and hope that my leftover stressful energy would evaporate.  After that, we opened a fancy bottle of wine to celebrate over a home cooked meal.

However, the day after brought on more than just a hangover.

ESL Round Two: The Canadian Chapter

I *heart* the alfabet kast
Creative Commons License photo credit: Pleuntje

I hadn’t set foot in a classroom for over 7 months.  What if I lost my teacher spark?  What if I couldd’t hack it in this new program setting?  What if the second I put my backpack in storage, I desperately want to take it out again and hit the road?

Well, luckily I can say that I really enjoyed my first week with new students and am gearing up for my second.  The students are older than I’m used to and make up a medley of all sorts of nationalities.  I have begun building positive relationships as I am eager to teach these interesting people and learn about new cultures at the same time.  I seem to bring my same ol’ theatrics into the room, which amuses most of the students.  We shall see where week two goes.

It has been really enjoyable to socialize again with coworkers.  Easy-going people who always seem to be up for good conversation in the staff room, and perhaps a way to allow me to start networking in this giant city.

Exercise Round Two: Yoga

aimee
Creative Commons License photo credit: theloushe

As a treat to myself, I also managed to find a wonderful yoga studio-YogaSpace.  I have been going quite regularly and my mind and body are already thanking me.   Thanking me for taking the time and effort to expand my flexibility, to increase my core strength, and to quiet my mind throughout the week.  These classes have really reminded me why I enjoyed yoga so much when I was first introduced to it in Korea.

City Life Round Two: Hello Toronto! 

Over my weekends here, I’ve been watching live bands, busting moves on some dance floors, and taking in shopping and art on the streets.   There always seems to be something going on.  I’ve explored parks, bookstores, pubs and restaurants.  As much as the “chain” stores pop up, there are so many independent businesses to support.

I’m feeling more confident on public transit (Although, I’m quickly realizing that most people have no faith Toronto’s famous TTC).

I’ve had the chance to reunite with long lost friends, rekindle friendships that have kept me going over the years, and start to meet new people.  Despite “city people” minding their own business as they bustle to and from work, I can still catch smiles from some enjoying a brisk walk, bike ride, or stroll around some beautiful streets or en route to a job that excites them.

Here’s to keeping a smile going, inside and out for this new Canadian chapter!

 

 

One Response to Round Two: Back to Life, Back to Reality
  1. MeganPreece
    September 20, 2011 | 10:20 pm

    Speaking of meeting up… we have to get on that!

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Round Two: Back to Life, Back to Reality

Three weeks in the city have brought on quite the escapades.

Find an apartment – check.

Get an ESL teaching job – check.

Find a yoga studio and actually go to classes- check.

Get to know our new city a little more each day – check.

The minute after I sent in the apartment deposit and accepted the job offers, I hopped over to a yoga studio to treat myself and hope that my leftover stressful energy would evaporate.  After that, we opened a fancy bottle of wine to celebrate over a home cooked meal.

However, the day after brought on more than just a hangover.

ESL Round Two: The Canadian Chapter

I *heart* the alfabet kast
Creative Commons License photo credit: Pleuntje

I hadn’t set foot in a classroom for over 7 months.  What if I lost my teacher spark?  What if I couldd’t hack it in this new program setting?  What if the second I put my backpack in storage, I desperately want to take it out again and hit the road?

Well, luckily I can say that I really enjoyed my first week with new students and am gearing up for my second.  The students are older than I’m used to and make up a medley of all sorts of nationalities.  I have begun building positive relationships as I am eager to teach these interesting people and learn about new cultures at the same time.  I seem to bring my same ol’ theatrics into the room, which amuses most of the students.  We shall see where week two goes.

It has been really enjoyable to socialize again with coworkers.  Easy-going people who always seem to be up for good conversation in the staff room, and perhaps a way to allow me to start networking in this giant city.

Exercise Round Two: Yoga

aimee
Creative Commons License photo credit: theloushe

As a treat to myself, I also managed to find a wonderful yoga studio-YogaSpace.  I have been going quite regularly and my mind and body are already thanking me.   Thanking me for taking the time and effort to expand my flexibility, to increase my core strength, and to quiet my mind throughout the week.  These classes have really reminded me why I enjoyed yoga so much when I was first introduced to it in Korea.

City Life Round Two: Hello Toronto! 

Over my weekends here, I’ve been watching live bands, busting moves on some dance floors, and taking in shopping and art on the streets.   There always seems to be something going on.  I’ve explored parks, bookstores, pubs and restaurants.  As much as the “chain” stores pop up, there are so many independent businesses to support.

I’m feeling more confident on public transit (Although, I’m quickly realizing that most people have no faith Toronto’s famous TTC).

I’ve had the chance to reunite with long lost friends, rekindle friendships that have kept me going over the years, and start to meet new people.  Despite “city people” minding their own business as they bustle to and from work, I can still catch smiles from some enjoying a brisk walk, bike ride, or stroll around some beautiful streets or en route to a job that excites them.

Here’s to keeping a smile going, inside and out for this new Canadian chapter!

 

 

One Response to Round Two: Back to Life, Back to Reality
  1. MeganPreece
    September 20, 2011 | 10:20 pm

    Speaking of meeting up… we have to get on that!

Leave a Reply

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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