Sunday, September 2, 2007

End of the holiday

Tomorrow begins the new school year. Hard to know how I feel about that just yet. I'm excited, but also rather nervous. It will be a very new thing for me. I've got my schedule now, which is rather exciting. Here goes:
Monday: 9:00 - 10:30 L2 (these are daily students and will all be new)
10:45- 12:15 L2 (yes, I have them for two sessions in a row!)
5:00 - 6:30 Women (they're upper intermediate and apparently like to talk)
6:30 - 8:00 Int 3 (also a fairly advanced group)

Tuesday:5:00 - 6:30 Int 2 (slightly lower than Int3)

Wednesday: 5:00 - 6:30 Women
6:30 - 8:00 Int 3

Thursday: 5:00 - 6:30 Int 2
6:30 - 8:00 FCE-CO (this is a conversation class getting them ready to take a large exam.

Friday: 9:00 - 10:30 L2
10:45 - 12:15 L2

Overall, I'd call this a pretty Sarah friendly schedule. I'll still be able to sleep in most days! I've been told that the upper level classes are quite demanding, so I'm praying that I'll really be on top of things. It's so easy to get nervous, and try to explain things by saying, "that's just the way it is." So it looks like I'll be doing a little grammar study.
In other news, we spent most of our free time this week traveling around West Bohemia. There are a number of spa towns around. I think I might have put in a photo of one of these last time. This week we went to Karlovy Vary, which is a very famous spa town. It is even featured in the movie The Last Holiday. After spending the day there we went home and watched the movie and were amused to see all the places we had just been. Tammy said that part of Casino Royale (the newest Bond movie) was also filmed here.

We even managed to find a Mc Donalds there!

It was a really beautiful town. We had a lot of fun just wandering around the streets.
Yesterday Tammy and I went on another adventure to the small town of Loket. The name Loket means elbow in Czech. It is believed that the town was named for the way the river flows around the little city. It literally loops all the way around it. They have a pretty incredible castle there, and we had a great time checking it out.

We wandered all around the town and found some other areas of interest as well.

This is the black tower. We climbed up it and paid a little woman who spoke no English so we could look at the little gallery at the top.

Here I am with Goethe. The English Major in me just HAD to take this photo!

Tammy was pretty freaked out to go across this bridge. It was a suspension bridge, and a wee bit wobbly, but I assured her that we were nowhere near the 900KG it said it could carry! What an adventure.
Besides running about to check out these areas of interest before the school year starts, we've been eating more beautiful food, and figuring out life here in Cheb.
Here is my flat in Skalka:

And for the food lovers one last image:

That's going to have to do it for now. Hope you all enjoy! And PLEASE keep me in your prayers as classes do begin tomorrow!

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