I’m back & settled in Tarbes again! After two weeks of school holidays, I arrived back here nearly two weeks ago to begin Spring term.
The holidays were a strange mix of exhausting traveling & a week of utter relaxation. I boarded six different flights in eleven days, so my carbon footprint definitely isn’t in the best shape at the moment, and found myself in four different countries (France, via Germany to England, Tunisia, back to England & then France via Germany again!) but it was brilliant fun! I actually found myself growing quite accustom to being the lone traveler, book in hand.
Tunisia was gorgeous, as expected. Our room looked right out over the beach, which was incredible to wake up to in the morning, and the hotel itself was equally beautiful. In terms of language, I was quite disappointed to find that no one really spoke French unless they had to, the main spoken tongue is Arabic. I was able to practice a bit with hotel signs and leaflets etc, but admiring the beautiful Arabic script while being totally clueless was much more frequent! We were so lucky with the weather, too. Both the weeks before and after our stay were wet and cloudy, whereas we were blessed with blue skies and warm sun for six out of our seven days there! We ate on the beach, sunbathed, rode camels and horses, went to an animal park & generally did a lot of relaxing…ahhhh.
Coming back to reality with a 12 hour journey home, I promptly started back at work, battling my way against unorganised, clueless teachers. The children, of course, remain as lovely as always. Classes are still being cancelled and shuffled around, but with only four weeks remaining I’m trying not to let it wind me up too much!
This week I did a little extra work for our area coordinator, and went through one of the method textbooks that some schools use, to make sure there were no mistakes. Worryingly, there was one in nearly every chapter…a textbook that has been edited and published and is one sale to schools! Needless to say this was shocking, so I have been given the other two books in the series to check, too! (Lucky me!) I definitely think there may be a gap in the market for an excellent English textbook for Primary school level…hmmmmm!
The weather in Tarbes has been all over the place in the last couple of weeks that I’ve been back! Apparently, during the school holidays it was gorgeous sunshine, but the day after I returned, I woke up to find the place covered in snow!! The snow lasted for a couple of days, which then changed to a week of rain, and for the last two days we’ve had beautiful warm weather! I and another assistant, Ashley, even went into town and had a beer sitting outside in the sunshine, amazing! Now that’s why I chose the South of France!
I highly doubt it will stay this way but…fingers crossed! Now for the countdown of the last four weeks of work. I can’t believe it has come around so quickly!