Well I’ve actually started teaching now! I took the photo on the right walking into school on Thursday. I’ve had 2 days of year 12 Psychology and so far so good! The students are really nice and polite and they seem really interested in Psych. They ask lots of questions and I’ve even got a few laughs. Psych is last lesson every day (2:15 – 3pm) so I’m not really doing a whole lot of work. Although I have had to write the curriculum for it, so that’s taking a bit to time and tweaking as I go, plus the usual lesson preparation. I think this semester will be a bit of a trial run to see how much I can fit into one semester. I have a pretty good idea, but it’s still guesswork because I haven’t taught Psych over one semester before. I’m trying to learn the students’ names at the moment and I’m looking forward to getting to the point where I actually know them. The thing I love about teaching is the relationships you form with the students, but at the moment these kids are just strangers. I miss my old students :( I’m sure these ones will be wonderful too once I get to know them.
This is my depressingly bare lounge room. My house really doesn’t look like anyone lives here, although it did come furnished. My luggage is all here now so it doesn’t look completely empty, but I didn’t bring much house stuff with me. I’d like to get a few things to make it feel more like a home because at the moment it doesn’t feel like a home.
I also seem to have the world’s most uncomfortable couch. Ok, that’s not entirely true, but it’s hard and after about half an hour it becomes very uncomfortable.
I don’t have a TV, something I think I want to rectify. There’s an Australian channel here apparently, so that’d be cool. I also bought a bunch of DVDs with me which I can’t actually watch! I don’t have a disc drive on my laptop so that’s no good either… I’m doing lots of reading though!
I’m feeling a bit bored and lonely. I don’t really know people here yet and I don’t have a lot to do. I don’t have any transportation either so I can’t go and do things in town. During the day I’m hardly working and everyone else is working so I’m not seeing people much. I had dinner with my next door neighbours the first night I was here, and I went shopping at the market with some people this morning, but apart from that I haven’t really been seeing anyone. I don’t like it. Although this afternoon I’m going to hang out with some people I met at the conference in Bali.
The market I went to this morning was massive. Full of fruit, veggies, spices, meat and some other things. It was mostly a food market. I got heaps of things and it all cost me less than $20 in total. Things here are extremely cheap. The tropical fruit here is unbelievable! Pineapples, mangos, and weird fruit I’ve never heard of and can’t remember the names of. This morning I got some sort of red fruit with long red tendril things coming off them. They’re like sweet lychees or something. Very yummy!
I’m glad I’m a vegetarian because there is no way I’m eating the meat from these markets. They’re covered in flies and out in the open (not pictured here). I usually eat seafood, but I won’t eat the seafood here either. I’m sure I’d just get sick. And I’m not a big fan of preparing fish from scratch, which is what I’d have to do. They even sell live roosters & chickens at the markets.
The photo on the right is a very small part of the markets. It’s a good thing I’ve learned to count in Indonesian so I can understand money and ask for how many of each thing I want!
That’ll do for another blog. Hopefully I make more friends and find things to do soon. There is no way I could handle life like this long term.