Friday, October 06, 2006

Welcome to Birmingham

Now begins the main part of my adventures abroad. Living and working in Birmingham, and making some pounds. After having such a great time in Munich with Marianne, Nathalie, Toby, Randi, and Remi, it was a shock to come up to the UK and have to plan the rest of my year right away. In fact, my entire journey here was extremely fast-paced.

I arrived in Birmingham from Munich around 12:30pm, to be met by Duncan. I at this point didn't know where I was going to stay the night. We were eating in the pub for lunch, when TimePlan (my teaching agency) called and wanted me there that night. So Duncan drove me all the way up! What a guy!! (Thank you Duncan!) We got caught in some nasty traffic on the M6, and were guided in by phone to the TimePlan office. The next day I am working in a classroom!

I have a class in a place called Weolly Castle, which isn't the nicest part of town, teaching Year 4 children (age 8-9). I have a handful of a class, with two terrible boys. The teacher before me left after 3 weeks! YIKES! Luckily, there are only 14 of them. A very small class by Canadian standards...

Anyway, I now have a mobile phone, a bank account, a job, and a library card. Tomorrow I am looking for a flat (apartment) and a bus pass! Wish me luck!

3 comments:

amy said...

Good to know you're safe and sound... and pete, when you've got a minute all to yourself and can't be bothered to go down the street to the pub, rent or borrow "To Sir with Love".... We believe in you!

Christa said...

Good luck Peter sounds like you have your hands full but I know you can do it. Take care of yourself and don't forget to check out the local culture especially The Raven-I hear it's a good pub.

Craig said...

only 2 hellions...

after Bad Sci Camp that's what like a vaccation isn't it...

or do you "literally" hate these guys ;p

good luck finding a place, and catch you on the flip side yo