The beginning of a new adventure!

I haven’t posted on here in a while. But, dear reader, I do apologise for this. For you see, I have been undertaking the beginning of a new adventure and it has kept me quite busy. Yes. I have finally begun my teacher training. And it is hard work. I feel as though I am constantly behind, needing to do something, not having enough time to do something or that I should be doing something else more productive than the productive thing that I am currently doing.

But I guess this is preparing me well for the busy life of a teacher. I’ll admit, I had it easy in Korea as a teacher. I didn’t have to do any marking. I didn’t really have to set any massive tests. I didn’t have to attend meetings. So seeing how it really works in the UK in comparison to teaching (ESL teaching, that is) in Korea has been interesting. I am five weeks into my course now and I have loved every minute. I have especially enjoyed the placement at my school. Being back in the classroom again is a great feeling, even if I was only observing most of the time.

So, why am I telling you all this? Well, I plan to keep you as updated as I can with my progress, the realities of taking a PGCE and my life in general as I learn over the next year. I have no doubts that the next 12 months will be among the toughest of my life. As I said above, I already feel like I don’t do enough, and we have only just started.

For anyone reading this and planning on taking a PGCE – it is really difficult. It starts out hard and gets even harder. I feel that, in order to do my work, I have recently been neglecting my general health, friends, girlfriend and wellbeing. That isn’t a good thing. So my solution is to try and take some time for me every weekend because otherwise I am going to burn myself out and that won’t be productive for anyone.

But also know that a PGCE course is a lot of fun too. I have loved learning different teaching methods and classroom activities to use (and even tried a few out with my class that I solo teach at the moment). It is fantastically rewarding to put the time into planning a lesson and having it go well. In fact, it is fantastically rewarding in general.

Taking this course has also made me realise something else – I miss ESL as a career. I think I have mentioned before that I didn’t think I was finished with it and now I know that I am not. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to go and do some ESL teaching. But that adventure will have to wait, for these lesssons aren’t going to plan themselves.

Until next time, dear reader.

Ricky

A Week Late (But Still Here)

So, dear reader, after a strong start of one post on time, I must begin this one by apologising for not posting last weekend. I had a rather busy Sunday, and consequently, ran out of time.

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The High Street

So, last week (for those who don’t know) was half term here in the UK. That meant that I had no school and was free to wander the Old Town in Hastings. I did this with Marta and the highlight was the time we spent rummaging through a store called Albion Books. This is one of the best second hand book stores in my town. With books literally spilling over the floor and piled as far as the eye can see, you can find almost anything there. I got a few old Sci-Fi books and a great bargain in Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. Apart from that, my half term was pretty quiet. I spent much of it recovering from the almost non-stop schedule I have had since I got home.. It isn’t easy being so in demand, you know!

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A church down the High Street, Hastings Old Town

This past week,  I was back at school. I finally got my time table sorted and began going to the lessons without anyone else (my period of shadowing was at an end). This, admittedly, terrified me. But I think it went OK. Nothing caught fire, the students seemed to benefit from my presence and I am slowly settling back in to being in a classroom again after so long.

This upcoming week, I have my first aid training for school, and then two normal days. Seems a bit strange to think I have not had a proper week at school yet (last Friday was a drop day – the kids do one subject all day and it is supposed to be more fun).

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on my life. It can’t get more thrilling than this.

Ricky

Ricky’s Bucket List

So my friend Marta recently published a bucket list on her blog (See it here). She inspired me to write my own down. These are dreams, both old and new, that I want to achieve before I leave this little place we call the Earth.
As Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost” and much of my bucket list is to do with travel.
Europe

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Sleep in glass igloo, Finland.
  • Run with the bulls, Spain
  • Backpack over Europe
  • See a show at the Globe Theatre, London
  • Visit Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Celebrate St. Patricks Day, Ireland.
  • Visit the Guinness Factory, Ireland.
  • Live in Paris, France
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, France
  • Visit Versailles, France
  • Eat French Food in France
  • Tour the South of France
  • Eat tapas in Spain
  • Visit my Grandfather in Portugal.
  • Visit Madrid, Spain
  • Visit Venice, Italy
  • Visit Rome, Italy
  • Visit Colloseum, Italy
  • Live in Italy
  • Rent a mountain villa, Italy
  • Visit Pompeii
  • Visit Vatican City
  • Visit Greece; see everything.
  • Eat actual Greek food in Athens
  • Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  • Have a Turkish Wet Shave, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Eat Turkish Food, Istanbul
  • Visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark
  • See the fjords of Norway
  • Visit Iceland
  • Visit Greenland
  • Attend tulip festival, Netherlands
  • Visit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Visit WW1 sites in Belgium
  • Visit Ypres
  • Eat actual Belgian chocolate
  • Live in Sweden (or other Nordic country)
  • Visit Vienna, Austria
  • Visit Berlin, Germany
  • Live in Berlin, Germany
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest, Germany
  • Visit German Christmas Market
  • Visit Prague, Czech Republic
  • Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
  • Visit Moscow, Russia
  • Visit Budapest, Hungary.

Africa

  • Visit the Great Rift Valley, Kenya
  • Go on safari, Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Visit the Pyramids, Egypt,
  • Visit Valley of the Kings, Egypt
  • Visit Luxor, Egypt
  • See the Ramesseum, Egypt.
  • Visit the Aswan Damn, Egypt
  • Take a cruise down the Nile, Egypt.
  • Visit Cape Town, South Africa.

Asia

  • Tour Hong Kong
  • Tour Beijing, China
  • Visit Great Wall, China
  • Visit Forbidden City, China
  • Visit Mud Festival, South Korea
  • Go to Korea Burn, South Korea
  • Visit Ullengdo, South Korea
  • Visit Dokdo, South Korea
  • See Cherry Blossoms, Korea
  • Hike a mountain, Korea
  • Visit Penis Park, South Korea
  • Attend K-Pop Concert at least once.
  • See DMZ, South Korea
  • Go on North Korean Tour.
  • Visit Tokyo, Japan
  • Visit Kyoto, Japan
  • Visit Japanese Sex Shop
  • Find used underwear vending machine, Japan
  • Eat Japanese food in Japan.
  • Visit Okinawa, Japan
  • Visit Hiroshima, Japan
  • See cherry blossoms, Japan
  • Do temple stay, South Korea
  • Do temple stay, Nepal
  • Hike the Himalayas.
  • Climb Mount Fuji.
  • Celebrate colour festival, India
  • Visit India (Various cities)
  • Visit Japanese Comic Con
  • Visit Mongolia.
  • Eat Mongolian food, Mongolia

South East Asia

  • Visit Bali, Indonesia
  • Visit Thailand
  • Ride an elephant, Thailand.
  • Eat street food, Thailand
  • Relax with a tiger, Thailand
  • Visit Cambodia
  • Visit Laos. Trek.
  • Celebrate the Water Festival in one of the above countries.
  • Travel across Vietnam
  • Eat Vietnamese food in Vietnam.
  • Visit the Philippines.

Oceania

  • Do LOTR Tour, NZ
  • Visit NZ.
  • Visit Wellington, NZ
  • Visit Christchurch, NZ
  • Visit Auckland, NZ
  • See Kiwi Bird, NZ
  • Visit family in Sydney, Aus.
  • See the Opera House, Sydney.
  • See kangaroos, Aus.
  • See a wallaby, Aus.
  • BBQ on the beach, Aus.
  • Explore the Australian Outback.
  • Visit Melbourne, Aus.
  • Go to Steampunk Festival, Melbourne.
  • Scuba dive, Australia.
  • Scuba dive, Great Barrier Reef.
  • Visit Tasmania.
  • Work on a NZ sheep farm for a summer.

Antarctica

  • Visit Antarctica
  • See penguins in the wild
  • Visit the South Pole
  • Boat around icebergs.

South America

  • Backpack South America
  • See a wild llama.
  • Visit Ecuador.
  • Visit Macchu Picchu, Peru. Selfie with llama.
  • Boat the Amazon, Brazil
  • Trek the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil.
  • Experience a festival in Brazil.
  • Visit Chile.
  • Bike through Argentina (Motorcycle Diaries style)

North America

  • Road trip across America
  • Road trip across Canada
  • See Rocky Mountains, Canada
  • See Niagara Falls
  • Visit Newfoundland.
  • Dogsled in Canada
  • Visit Toronto
  • Visit Vancouver.
  • Visit Montreal.
  • Visit all US States
  • Visit Atlanta, Georgia
  • Visit Austin, Texas. Attend music festival.
  • Visit NYC at Christmas
  • Visit Statue of Liberty.
  • See Times Square.
  • Go to Empire State Building.
  • Visit Detroit, Birthplace of Soul music.
  • Eat Southern Food, New Orleans.
  • Visit Disney World, Florida
  • Visit Seaworld, Florida
  • Experience Burning Man
  • Visit San Diego Zoo.
  • Visit L.A.
  • Chill on a beach, Hawaii
  • See volcanoes, Hawaii
  • See Aztec ruins, Mexico
  • Eat authentic Mexican food, Mexico
  • Attend Festival of the Dead, Mexico
  • Eat Mexican street food.

Central America

  • Visit Havana, Cuba
  • Stay in Cuban Resort
  • Visit the Panama Canal, Panama
  • Visit Costa-Rica
  • Visit Colombia
  • Attend Mardi Gras, Trinidad.
  • Visit Jamaica. Eat food.

Life

  • Become bilingual.
  • Become trilingual.
  • Live in another country for at least 12 months
  • Teach myself to play the guitar again. (In Progress)
  • Be in a band.
  • Have a book of poetry published.
  • Write more poetry
  • Write for fun.
  • Learn to drive.
  • Get a motorcycle.
  • Get at least one tattoo.
  • Dive with sharks
  • Write travel articles whilst travelling.
  • Get a BA.
  • Get an MA
  • Get a PhD
  • Lecture at University.
  • Volunteer at Orangutan Sanctuary, anywhere.
  • Go on archaeological dig. Put my degree to use.
  • Go on paleontological dig and fulfil childhood dream.
  • Visit Las Vegas. Go to Casino. Cry.
  • Go to SDCC.
  • Go to any Comic Con
  • Surf
  • Snowboard
  • Ski
  • Ice Skate
  • Teach English Abroad
  • Live in at least 5 countries for a minimum of six months.
  • Write a song. Have someone perform it.
  • Visit every continent.