Sunday, September 27, 2009

Me and My Little Room - June 2009

I started working again at the beginning of the month. I started out substituting for a teacher who was on vacation, but after she came back I was given my own class, and now it looks like I'll have a job at least until the end of the summer. I'm at another language school, just like the the last two I worked at. So far I like the environment: the students are well-behaved, the staff are friendly, and the curriculum seems good.

Apart from re-adjusting to life in the workforce, I haven't been up to much this month. I've grown comfortable with my life here in Vancouver. I like my little basement room, and my roommates seem okay. Currently, I'm living with a good mix of nationalities. There's an Irish couple and a couple of Mexicans. There was also a German girl, but she's moved out and been replaced by a Japanese girl and a Québécoise. I enjoy going to church, taking long walks, and occasionally socialising. Other than that, I don't get up to much. Vancouver's lost most of its excitement, and I probably won't stay here much longer. For the time being, though, I have a job I like, and the weather's been quite nice, so I'm enjoying myself.

I did the Grouse Grind again, and it only took me one hour and fifty minutes. That's five minutes less than last time! It was nice weather, not as cold and wet as in October, but not too hot, either. The surprising thing was how cold I felt when I got to the top. I don't know if it was because of the altitude or the fact that I was drenched in sweat, but I needed a hot drink to warm me up. Maybe it was the altitude; I took a walk around, and noticed a few snow patches still lying around! I also saw the birds and the grizzly bears, although the latter were sleeping.

In the news… Iran's been in the news a lot. Obviously I support democracy, and oppose nuclear proliferation, but beyond that I don't really know what to think. If the election was rigged, I think there should be a recount, but if the result was valid, then we all have to accept it.

T.V. shows I've seen this month:

New Doctor Who (Season 2) – I thought that after Christopher Eccleston, I might not warm again to David Tennant, but I did. This season seemed like a slight improvement over the last one, although it's possible that my standards have just fallen. I am beginning to enjoy the wackiness of this series; the almost gleeful cheesiness actually gives it a lot of character. It's just too bad the writing and acting aren't better; it could be a really good show if they were.

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