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A Good Thing – Dobre Strony

A good thing about being a “travelling” English teacher is that when you arrive for a morning lesson you are served delicious coffee…with foam…in a nice cup with saucer…by a smiling lady or occasionally a gentleman. Mmmm, good. Another…

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Calamity Chris

Clumsy. Klutzy. An accident waiting to happen. That’s me. Hearing an “ow” from the other room or seeing a fresh bruise on my arm, Misiu always asks, “Did the wall jump out at you again?” “No,” I answer indignantly,…

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Back to Reality

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to meet and talk to a lot of different people, from different backgrounds, with different opinions, leading different lives. Sometimes for my own selfish purposes their English…

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National Window Cleaning Week

In case you didn’t know, it is National Window Cleaning Week in Poland. I’m just kidding it is the week before Easter, but take a look around and you’ll see what I mean. I remember my first Easter in…

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Security!

Security guards like me. What can I say? I’m a friendly person.Security guards remember me, too. I guess not too many American ladies come through their offices too often.In Poland, I have noticed that security guards usually come in…

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Sex and the Teachers’ Lounge

The Polish teachers’ lounge in my experience is a very relaxing place especially if you don’t speak Polish. I mean it becomes a relaxing place if you can get over the fact that everyone around you is speaking a…

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Second day of School

The second day of school was my first day to have actual classes with students, and I was pretty excited. This was a college prep high school which included 4 grades numbered 1 – 4. The younger students were…

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First day of School

My first trip to the Baltic Sea had come to an end. I left the Baltic a little sad but also excited to get the school year underway. This would be my first school year as a real teacher.…

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Our 1st Wywiadówka

Today, I went to the 1st wywiadówka of Lizzie’s school career and the 1st in my mothering career. The turn-out was sad, only 2 parents made an appointment with the teacher out of the whole class, but so what,…