November has come and gone and I am still in Spain
November has come and gone and I am still in Spain. Haven’t been doing any painting but have been enjoying taking photos in black and white and playing around with color, shadows and saturation. The B&W seems particularly suited to some of the old buildings.
Visited Lisbon and stayed in a one room private rental. Only the best for Jose. Actually I would rather spend my money on local food and sightseeing. Had roasted sardines, pan de abuela, custard tarts, roast pig, lots of different kinds of sausages and more sweets than I ought to. Visited Cacais and Sintra, two small towns an hour by train. Sintra is like a real life Disneyland. It has been designated an international treasure.
Everyone says , watch out for the Romanians, they will steal you blind. One almost did. In Lisbon a pick pocket lifted my wallet but I felt it and ran him down and got it back. Good thing, it had most of my cash and a credit card.
Bought myself a barrette the kind you see the Spanish wear. Looks very arty.
The school situation is improving. I spend my time coming up with active participation activities that reinforce the language learning the teachers are promoting. I make it fun. The kids love it! One 2nd grader brought me a couple of muffins she said she helped bake and a note that said, “Jose, you are my favorite teacher. I love you.” As a teacher what more can you ask.
Will be traveling to Prague, Vienna and Budapest for the holiday festivities and markets.
Keep on painting!