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Settled into Hamburg

I am absolutely loving Hamburg. I was a little bit homesick for the first few days, but I think it was more of just adjusting to a new place and a new routine - learning the train system, finding a grocery store, getting used to not always being able to communicate when I went somewhere. I can say I am fully adjusted now, however!

 

Here are some of my favourite things about Hamburg so…

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Language Learning

Hallo again! It has hard to believe that over 2 weeks has already passed here. I have settled in quite well and to honest it has been infinitely easier adjusting than my time in Korea! This is probably because there isn’t really a language barrier (most people speak English quite well), I am not isolated as I meet up with the other TAB students frequently and our awesome German buddies, my apartment is already furnished and finally I think the overall culture and norms are not too foreign…

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A New School Year Finally Begins

I have just finished my first couple teaching days at IES Leonardo da Vinci. The start of the school year was to begin on September 12, however, the start date was delayed due to construction. The school is in a brand-new building and construction is not even yet fully finished. The school gymnasium, cafeteria, and library remain incomplete as of yet. Further, not all classrooms have whiteboards installed nor overheard projectors to deliver lessons. Despite the unfinished building, students…

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Barcelona: One Week In!

Now that I have been here a week and I've discovered so much: My spanish is only mildly embarrassing but no one seems to mind. BCN does not stand for bacon but the jamon iberica is very tasty. When it rains, it pours and your dinky umbrella won't save you. Also the school I will be at is under contruction so some classrooms will not have internet, projectors or even whiteboards (!) yet.…

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September 9 - First week of TAB in Vietnam

This week we got to meet with the representatives from the University of Da Nang who set up the exchange for us, as well as the teachers from the primary and secondary schools. We have already attended some classes from the primary school, and we will attend some at the secondary school next week. 

Classes here start at 7am, which is a bit too early for my liking, but waking up early and going to bed early is easy here, because the sun rises…

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Today we have arrived in Da Nang after spending the past week travelling through Cambodia. I am excited to meet with the representatives of the Da Nang University as well as the two schools we will be spending time in this week to find out about our placements. We have only been here for several hours, and already we are seeing a big difference between Thailand and Cambodia, which were very tourist-centred countries, and Vietnam, which is not so. In Thailand and Cambodia many more people…

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