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hometown glory

May 23rd, 2010

Can I be absolutely honest? I fear I am completely losing it! I am fully and utterly BORED in this small village in Greece! I’m grateful that I’ve got two more weeks of classes left. I’m thankful that the people I’m sharing the house (and certification class) with are cool and drama free. I’m entirely appreciative that I’m in Greece! But my GOD, being stuck in this tiny village is killing me!

I’ve always known I’ve preferred city living to a more rural existence. But being here in the small town of Varachti is driving me to the depths of insanity. Last weekend when I was in Athens for those few hours, I felt amazing. Its remarkable how the city life makes me feel calmer, grounded and all around better. I realize that usually cities have the opposite effect for most other people. But cities make me feel both astoundingly alive and at peace.

Saturday my three roommates and I toured a few of the ancient ruin sites with our certification course teacher. We went to Nemea and Mycenae and then had lunch in a charming little town by the sea called Nafplio. I loved Nafplio! It was absolutely gorgeous there – small narrow streets and lots of shops, restaurants and bars; entirely adorable.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my room listening to my favorite genre of music (drum-n-bass for those of you that don’t know) and rocking out with my headphones on. I’ve downloaded an epic amount of music in the past week from iTunes. (Note to Self: Stop spending money on music!) Class ends every night at 8pm, so that doesn’t leave any daylight time to spend at the sea. Most evenings during the week are spent chatting and laughing at the kitchen table with my roommates and then I retire to my room to listen to music.

The weather hasn’t been very nice in the past week. It’s been overcast, rainy and altogether miserable. It’s good though, because I’d be super-duper sad if it was hot and gorgeous out while I had to be indoors all day in my classes! The weekends have been alright, I’ve gotten enough sun exposure to change my pasty white skin to a nice, golden brown. (Ok, I can’t lie, I was sun-burnt for the past week, but today after lying in the sun for a few hours, I am now a lovely brown! Yay!)

I’ve been teaching classes every evening for the past two weeks. I don’t feel like teaching comes naturally to me, but my feedback from Cat (my teacher who’s been observing my teaching sessions with the students) has been positive. Cat thinks I’m a natural, and she says this is definitely something I’m good at. I don’t feel the same but I am finding that I am getting better at teaching! I definitely enjoy teaching adults more than I do children – the adults have less behavioral problems – that’s for sure!

And now, I encourage you all to listen to this amazing song by Adele called Hometown Glory. It’s on heavy rotation right now in Naomi Land and I hope you love it as much as I do!

6 Responses to “hometown glory”

  1. Becky says:

    Hey nay! Still heavily considering coming out to visit, it would be in Sept or Oct, so let me know when you know where you will be those months! :) Becky

  2. WOW, I can see why you have this song on heavy rotation!!! I think i will need to add it to my playlist.

    • Naomi says:

      Yes, it’s an amazing song! I downloaded her CD too and it’s really amazing. She is an amazing singer/songwriter – especially for only being 19 years old. Impressive! the fabric of this song is absolutely filled with nostalgia… and that’s why I like it. Another love-song for me about NYC hehe

  3. Natalie says:

    I feel EXACTLY the same way about city life. People have told me that they hate DC, wonder when I am leaving, don’t understand why I would like being in a cold, driven, concrete jungle, but I find that it suits me to a tee (Maybe that’s a bad thing lol). I don’t have the money these days to go and DO as I would like, but that will come in time. I’ve made friends, started my career, have a FABULOUS apartment that I can afford ALONE, and, in this “cold” place, my art is taking off. I wouldn’t have this, in my opinion, in a rural spot, so I feel your pain.

    I also could see you doing quite well with teaching. Again I have to agree about adults vs. children, I would rather have adults in my classroom too, BUT, I work with adult students EVERYDAY, and they definitely bring their own set of behavioral problems! You’ll be out of there soon though, and perhaps you can opt for a city next time (or at least a suburb of a city, hee hee). Hang in there! You’re doing great!

  4. Adina says:

    Its so awesome that you are getting to experience this! I wish you were able to enjoy more free time to explore and not be so bored though. lol. But it will be worth it! And only 2 weeks to go :)
    BTW, I absolutely *LOVE* that song!

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