Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Everyone!

The first trimester ended December 25 at the school. There was a dinner for all faculty and staff with a cake for a gift from the principal. We had until January 9th off. The great Christmas adventure began immediately on the 23rd. I went to Madrid to meet Freddy, my sister Annie’s son, who came to spend the holidays with me and to see some of Europe. We spent the night in Madrid so that he could see the sights there and the Christmas...

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I am into my second week at school and it is wearing me out.

Hello Friends and Fellow Artists I am into my second week at school and it is wearing me out. I change classes every 45 minutes and have to adapt to the new students and teacher every time. The kids are like everywhere else, they are great. I am surprised and somewhat dismayed at what I perceive as teaching to the test ruling instruction. They are always working from workbooks that are part of a British instructional program. It does not allow...

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Dispatch from Across the Pond

Friends, This is the Atocha Central Train, Bus and Metro center in Madrid. From here you can get anywhere, if you can figure out how to get there. I think I managed to find the ONLY toilet in the whole Metro Train system. And it costs you 60 centavos to get in. I think I’ll wait. The whole euro system is deceptive. You pay one euro for a cup of coffee and you think you are paying one dollar but you are actually paying about $1. 15 cents....

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Jose Colchado’s Farewell & Beginning Blog

Dear friends, fellow artists and companions on the road to personal growth and happiness. You have made my time at the Center a wonderful, fulfilling and growing experience for me. Your support of my classes has given me the means to continue growing as a teacher, artist and human being. Thank you! My send off and reception were too generous and gracious about my role at the Center. The songs were touching and I will always cherish the thoughts...

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