The Next Step

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Step One: Home

Month one of officially having our own place is nearing an end.  With the first two weeks being here on my own, I remembered the luxuries that come with having your own “home”- all your clothes set up how you want them, your own private bathroom, your choice of background music, and a full kitchen at your disposal.  Not to mention, the joys of actually preparing your own meals!  Who could have imagined I would miss creating culinary concoctions so much?  The minute Edwin stepped through the door after his time away, I had a week’s worth of meals already planned out for us!

Since he’s been back, we have been settling into “our” apartment–carefully choosing our spaces for personal “stuff,” taking time to continue our own work and habits.  Despite living together on the road, we have officially begun “living” together.  Sharing meals, dividing clean up tasks, talking about money, and debating over which vegetables to buy according to weekly sales events at our local supermarkets.

Yes, I come over everyday with a smile knowing that my partner will be there, adapting to each others’ living “styles” is still a working progress.  No worries here, though, it’s all part of the next steps!

Step Two: Work

Back to school: USACE engineer interns in Europe to mentor students on academic futures My school continues to inspire me.  Grasping at lesson plan ideas that I have come across in my years abroad, testing my creativity and my ability to articulate my class objectives have been at the top of the list everyday. I continue to meet new students who bring a unique sense of energy to the room every week.  There’s something positive to say about Mondays that bring you a new bunch for which you can only prepare so far.

I have turned from teacher to guidance counselor on a number of occasions now, in attempt to assist students adapt to life here in Toronto, to find apartments, and to get on the job hunt.  These little tasks were all part pf my hopes for teaching in a native English country- working not only on classroom material, but in a social context as well.

Step Three: Extra Curricular Activities

Lift Me!Now that I am “settled,”  I am excited to divide up “my” time.  I am on the look out for yoga studios, intramural sports, and I will even begin a membership at a nearby gym next week.  My body has been punishing me this past week with a bad cold for skipping out on the work I had been doing in September.  I’m also ready to get my bike back on the road!  We shall see how the city lights treat me on these roads.  Heck, if I survived The World’s Most Dangerous Road in Bolivia, surely I can cruise through Toronto?!

I have also done my part to apply for volunteer positions with theatre companies in the area.  I can’t wait to get back onto the stage (or stage area, passing out programs and collecting tickets for the time being…).  I’m also looking into community theatre in Toronto to see what’s out there for evening activities.  Any suggestions?

Step Four: Money, That’s What I Want. 

22/365 – Money Shot

A big step to take when returning to Canada is shifting your lifestyle!  Paying rent, buying household products, going out, paying for public transportation- it all adds up!  To more than I ever knew in Korea.  In Korea I managed to pay off student loans AND save money for traveling.  Now here in this bustling city, I have to count my pennies everyday to make sure I get to the next month without dipping underwater.  So, I finally realize what draws people back to Korea to easily.   It’s more than a desire for Soju, Karaoke, kimchi, and cheap shopping (although that is a draw factor as well, I’m sure!) .  I suppose I’ll have to wait patiently and look in more flyers to keep my spending low if I want to hop over the ocean again in the near future!

Photo Credits:

katie-landryUSACE Europe DistrictsirwiseowlJack Everett

 

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The Next Step

DSC_0173

Step One: Home

Month one of officially having our own place is nearing an end.  With the first two weeks being here on my own, I remembered the luxuries that come with having your own “home”- all your clothes set up how you want them, your own private bathroom, your choice of background music, and a full kitchen at your disposal.  Not to mention, the joys of actually preparing your own meals!  Who could have imagined I would miss creating culinary concoctions so much?  The minute Edwin stepped through the door after his time away, I had a week’s worth of meals already planned out for us!

Since he’s been back, we have been settling into “our” apartment–carefully choosing our spaces for personal “stuff,” taking time to continue our own work and habits.  Despite living together on the road, we have officially begun “living” together.  Sharing meals, dividing clean up tasks, talking about money, and debating over which vegetables to buy according to weekly sales events at our local supermarkets.

Yes, I come over everyday with a smile knowing that my partner will be there, adapting to each others’ living “styles” is still a working progress.  No worries here, though, it’s all part of the next steps!

Step Two: Work

Back to school: USACE engineer interns in Europe to mentor students on academic futures My school continues to inspire me.  Grasping at lesson plan ideas that I have come across in my years abroad, testing my creativity and my ability to articulate my class objectives have been at the top of the list everyday. I continue to meet new students who bring a unique sense of energy to the room every week.  There’s something positive to say about Mondays that bring you a new bunch for which you can only prepare so far.

I have turned from teacher to guidance counselor on a number of occasions now, in attempt to assist students adapt to life here in Toronto, to find apartments, and to get on the job hunt.  These little tasks were all part pf my hopes for teaching in a native English country- working not only on classroom material, but in a social context as well.

Step Three: Extra Curricular Activities

Lift Me!Now that I am “settled,”  I am excited to divide up “my” time.  I am on the look out for yoga studios, intramural sports, and I will even begin a membership at a nearby gym next week.  My body has been punishing me this past week with a bad cold for skipping out on the work I had been doing in September.  I’m also ready to get my bike back on the road!  We shall see how the city lights treat me on these roads.  Heck, if I survived The World’s Most Dangerous Road in Bolivia, surely I can cruise through Toronto?!

I have also done my part to apply for volunteer positions with theatre companies in the area.  I can’t wait to get back onto the stage (or stage area, passing out programs and collecting tickets for the time being…).  I’m also looking into community theatre in Toronto to see what’s out there for evening activities.  Any suggestions?

Step Four: Money, That’s What I Want. 

22/365 – Money Shot

A big step to take when returning to Canada is shifting your lifestyle!  Paying rent, buying household products, going out, paying for public transportation- it all adds up!  To more than I ever knew in Korea.  In Korea I managed to pay off student loans AND save money for traveling.  Now here in this bustling city, I have to count my pennies everyday to make sure I get to the next month without dipping underwater.  So, I finally realize what draws people back to Korea to easily.   It’s more than a desire for Soju, Karaoke, kimchi, and cheap shopping (although that is a draw factor as well, I’m sure!) .  I suppose I’ll have to wait patiently and look in more flyers to keep my spending low if I want to hop over the ocean again in the near future!

Photo Credits:

katie-landryUSACE Europe DistrictsirwiseowlJack Everett

 

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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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