Blogs in this series

Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Living Away

I am now in my new home in Ciudad Rodrigo, a town on the opposite side of Spain to Culebrón which means that I intend to put the majority of the new post in my Life in Ciudad Rodrigo blog. Please have a look there to catch up on the trivia of our lives in Spain.

The reason for moving was that my partner, Maggie, has been working on a bilingual project in a state school in Ciudad Rodrigo for just over a year. I hadn't been able to find work near her so I stayed behind in Culebrón, with the cats.

Over the summer I was offered a job teaching English to youngsters and adults in the Dublin School of English in Ciudad Rodrigo beginning in the new academic year. I still hung on in Alicante hoping that our roof repairs and general ackling up of the house would be done before I had to start work but no such luck. I had to abandon the house to the builders and cross Spain with the house still, very much, a shell.

The cats and I moved into Maggie's flat just before the start of October. The cats did not travel well and are much less happy here than they were in the countryside but they are not unhappy either and we are hoping that they will get used to the change.

As for me I like the town and it's great to be back with Maggie but we are in dire straits financially what with the roof repairs and with me not earning any money through August or September.  Add to that the strain of any new job and it's all been a little unsettling. But the work isn't bad and even though it's pretty obvious that I'm not a natural born teacher I hope to get better. Fortunately for me, and for the students, the school is extremely well organised so that the process of beginning to teach has been quite straightforward.

Anyway, the main point of this entry was to redirect you to the blog I will be using whilst I'm here in Ciudad Rodrigo


Toby said...


We are currently undertaking a renovation project close to Pinoso and stumbled upon your blog whilst looking for spanish lessons in pinoso area, any ideas?

Chris Thompson and Maggie Brocken said...

Toby. I sent a response to the Authentic Spain email. Chris