I know that the earth spins around the sun at the same rate every day, but sometimes it seems to spin a little faster than others. Back in September, I felt like time was going by so slowly. I was learning so many new things about living in Sri Lanka. Every day was a new adventure in living abroad.
And then all of a sudden it’s November! I’ve had a lot of adventures since I went to the cricket back in September.
There was a great trip to swim with the manta rays in the Maldives…
An epic road trip through Rajasthan and into Agra and New Delhi over October break…
And a weekend trip to Kerala in Southeastern India….
Each of these trips will warrant their own individual posts to display some of the photos I captured.
As for life in Sri Lanka, it’s chugging along. I bought a few items for a home gym. I decided that I am not very likely to go workout at some crappy smelly gym in Battaramulla. I checked one out. It was a “higher end” gym, and it was awful.
So I decided to spend the cost of a year’s membership on a spin bike and a kettle bell. Maybe later I’ll get some dumbbells. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to workout very much yet. I’ve been really really sick. After October break, I got sick with a chest cold and a fever. I never really recovered from it. For about 2-3 weeks I felt weak and ill. Then right around the primary production (Peter Pan Jr.), I got really sick. Like scary sick. I had a high fever for a few days and a terrible cough. I was bedridden for a few days with Abby. Everyone said that I should have gone to the hospital. I really didn’t want to. Luckily everything was ok. But with a fever that high, I shouldn’t have been so silly.
I made a full recovery. It took a few weeks to feel like myself again, but I’m pretty much all better now. Just a lingering cough.
Work has kept me really occupied. Learning how to teach the PYP in this environment has taken a lot of time and energy. It’s all worthwhile and incredibly interesting. But there is a lot to learn and a lot of things to navigate.
I enjoy teaching the PYP overall. It is a very new paradigm for me, so learning how to teach what I know how to teach within this structure (or lack of structure!) is a challenge. It’s also a bit of a challenge teaching in a place that does not have the same resources that I am used to. I expected to come to a private international school and have all the resources I need at my fingertips!
This is not the case at all. Sri Lanka is a developing country. I can’t just order a set of this or that on Amazon. There isn’t an endless supply of library of books to choose from. Math resources are few and far between. I am finding that I need to be very creative with the materials that are available to me. It’s not what I was expecting, but I am up for the challenge. I enjoy extending myself like this.
In a lot of ways I feel as if I am a first year teacher again. It’s not at all a bad thing. Thinking about where I just came from…a 9th year teacher of students with emotional disturbance, a decade of living in San Francisco…I was looking for a change. I wanted to shake everything up in my life.
I have succeeded admirably. And I am developing more as a teacher than I think I ever would have back in the Bay Area.