“TEFL travelling bug, Europe and Madrid” – Lauren Bonheim
Attended: EBC Madrid, Spain in October 2013
Course choice: Referred by friends (U. Delaware)
Course photos: Lauren’s class
The travel bug bit me young, and it got me really good. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the itch to go. Go where you ask? Elsewhere. If I fight the itch, the itch fights back. It spreads throughout me until I’m forced to surrender myself.
Maybe this is the fault of my parents, who exposed me to the world of travel early on. Some of my earliest memories include frantically throwing together a backpack, anxiously awaiting our next departure.
When I was 13, Europe and I had our first encounter. I think this was the trip that ultimately broke me. The high was overwhelming. Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm: towering stunning blondes; St. Petersberg: the graceful elegance of the Russian ballet; Amsterdam: the charming gloom of the gray canals; Paris: warm gooey baguettes straight from the oven. We drove, we flew, we cruised. I knew I’d never be the same.
College study abroad was a dream come true and I got the chance to venture out again. But, 4 months studying abroad in Madrid was a tease. Europe and I weren’t finished with each other yet. So, that’s where I am now, back in one of my favorite cities, Madrid, living, teaching and always wandering.
I’d like to think that sometimes it’s necessary to lose yourself in order to find yourself. That you can never really know exactly who you are until you first let yourself go. Somehow, I hope I continue to have the opportunity to wander this world, to lose myself in cities, art, fashion, faces and love. Every time I find myself, I hope I lose myself again.
That’s why I started my blog. To share experiences with fellow wanderers as we help each other along the way. And, just maybe, I’ll even have the privilege of inspiring some others to take a chance.
In my opinion, everyone deserves the chance to wander. Everyone deserves to lose themselves.
Lauren runs an excellent blog about life in Madrid, her travels around Europe and some good advice a tips for newbie or not so newbie TEFL travelling teachers.
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