I know, I know, I know….I’ve been in Bahrain almost 2 weeks and no update. It’s not that I’m too busy. I’m actually impressed with my free time so far. I know it won’t stay that way, and I’m hoping to get some tutoring time in, but I’m not too busy. Well then I must be out going and doing right? That’s why I’m not blogging. Well, it’s not really that either. I am not out and about that much. The thing is that there is not really anything to blog about. Life here is pretty much the same as it was back in the states. Right now I’m sitting at a coffee shop watching a mustang, CRV and Mazda CX9 (cry!) go by. There are cell phones ringing around me, and a family having coffee on the couch next to me. Really the only difference right now is that BBC is on the television instead of CNN (and to be honest with the DNC coverage on right now, I’m happy to be watching BBC).
School starts at 7 (like it did last year) and since I ride the bus we leave the house at 6:15 (like last year). I get home around 4, and I’m tired by 8 (like last year). I’m not doing my National Boards (like two years ago) and I’m not doing my Masters (like last year) or coaching/working another job…so basically, I’m bored.
The main reason we aren’t going and doing right now is because we haven’t been paid yet. We get paid at the end of the month, so all of us are strapped for cash. They gave us moving in money which was nice so we are trying to make that last until September 28th . I’m not bored as in unhappy, I do like it, it’s just there is nothing to blog about!
So let me first start with my “classmates”. We are all starting at the same time and on a two year contract, so it’s like we graduate together. First of all there is Ezza, Camille and Kristi, all people I had communicated with before I got here. It was so nice to have a familiar name/face! Ezza teaches primary and she reminds of Leigh Ann if Leigh Ann could stand little kids. Camille teaches 7th grade English and is always up for hanging out which is so nice to have a built in friend. Kristi is my math partner and I’m feeling a flash back to 2006 when Ann and I started at Northwest together. Kristi and Carissa and we both teach math…and we’re both white girls with light brown hair. If I didn’t have a foot on her in height there would be no hope (like the height comment Kristi?) I am so happy to have her as my partner in crime though.
There is also Susan (primary), Allison (primary), Matt (primary), Greg (theatre) Emishea (business) and Dennis (high school Art). They are all fabulous. Literally. Not just saying that. I am really lucky to have such a good group. We all live together in great apartments. It makes me not want to go anywhere else foreign to teach because everyone keeps talking about how nice our places are. I have tile everything. Ever wonder how much hair a girl loses during the day? I know, just look at my floor.
My school is nice. It is 80’s vintage, so just like working at NE in the old building. I really like the faculty. My classes are going well and everything is smooth so far. See? So boring.
Last weekend we all went out to celebrate our first week of work. We went to a local expat bar. It is a 5 minute walk from our house so with it being the local navy hang out and so close in this heat, it is our favorite place in Bahrain J I may expand on this a little more in a later blog…maybe not. Let’s see how this weekend goes and then I’ll decide the amount of details everybody gets. As the girls said Thursday night “what happens at JJ’s………gets talked about for the next week on the bus”.
Thank you to everybody for the well wishes and prayers. I know you are all anxious for my address, but I don’t have one yet for mail…I’ll let you know. I do have mobile router so I have skype and gchat at all times. Add me at Carissa.berglund.