Hi all! It’s been awhile since last I blogged.
Suffice it to say that I had a lovely time with My Personal Francophone in the Netherlands, and then a summer full of family and friend time and spent teaching theatre at an Arlington nonprof. Rarely have I been so busy in the summer–especially considering that everything on the list of 19-plus things to do actually got done before I left for Spain.
That’s right–I’m in Spain. Pontevedra, Galicia, to be exact. I’ll be starting school on Wednesday, in the tiny town of Catoira (population: about 3400, not to mention some ancient fortifications and an annual Viking festival in August). Pontevedra is pretty close to Catoira by train—there aren’t really apartments in Catoira, it turns out. I also picked up some extra babysitting/tutoring work in Pontevedra, and might be doing some substituting and giving additional classes as well. In all honesty, I am surprised to find that it will more likely be a case of actually having to turn down work rather than seek it–a happy, and undeserved, conundrum.
Pontevedra is actually smaller than Venlo, which I visited in June. Population 80,000, it sits on one of the Rias Baixas, the Lower Bays, in Galicia, and is the capital of the eponymous region. It is, simply put, small but charming. Palm trees, oranges, the absolute biggest southern magnolia I’ve ever seen, tucked into rolling green hills that slope down to the river. Cafes, gardens, old stone houses and a round shrine for the pilgrims passing through on the Camino de Santiago–a portion of which I could follow, after all, if I wanted to go from here to Santiago de Compostela. Pics to follow–theoretically to be added to this entry if I can figure out how to get them off my phone.