So, i've arrived in Vigo. First impressions; a lively, gregarious city that feels like a town. I've never been to Spain before, in my life. But Spanish people seem friendly, loud and lovers of life. They also seem to live at a pace that befits the sunshine and tapas; much slower. There is a bar or cafe on every corner and an olde worlde feel to some of the exchanges on their patios and terraces. I'm currently sat in a cafe near the high street where one man in a flat cap reads a newspaper and another two play chess. Its making me feel like writing a novel.
I've had the pleasure of meeting some of the other teachers. There are 17 new teachers starting at the school in September so I won't be alone! I have so far met about ten of them. They are mostly 22-30 (the youngest being 22, the oldest being 37). Some have come to escape the UK education system, some have come for the sunshine and the lifestyle and some have come for the "fresh start". For me, perhaps its a combination of those factors, but i've realised how glad I am to have established other income streams for my stay here.