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Published: September 9th 2007
Manuel, Stacey and Ben
At a seafood restaurant...
Well upon reaching Vigo, we were invited to teach english at company owned by our friend from Pueblo Ingles, Manuel. Although he required someone to work for 2-3 months, we trimmed it down to 4 weeks and a bit to fit our travels. So we are coming home a bit late, 4 weeks or so to accomodate for this change.
I won´t go into details about our classes, but we teach 4 staff members who work for a company called Equantia. One part of the company deals with foerign trade, they offer advice to companies who want to sell their products internationally. They also offer advice to companies on Social corporate responsiblities and data protection software.
We have been staying with a very nice spanish couple, Carmen and Amarlio who have been taking good care of us. Carmen speaks quite good english so we are able to communicate farly well. Amarlio only speaks a few words. This had lead to some interesting situations, one of which when Emarlio cut Bens hair, and Carmen wasn´t around to translate.. but it turned out well, he took a lot of patience with it!We have also been able to leave the van in
At the Stone market
a very nice safe spot out on Carmen´s parents farm. On our last weekend in Vigo we went out for a religous festival to have a meal with the family. We had fish, prawns and crabs. The whole time cannons were going off for the festival.. very festive!
We have been having a fantastic time in Vigo, it´s a very vibrant city with some great beaches. Manuel has shown us the sights and taken us to some fantastic resturants where we have had some local food and wine. I have never eaten so much sea food in my life. The people here are very freindly and passionate about Vigo. Every one keeps trying to convince us to stay.
We have had a visit from some Aussie friends who come from Geelong, whom we orginally met in Validevilla. Had a great night on the town, it was nice to be in the company of some typical aussies for a change.
We also went on a trip out to visit some of Manuels other friends who had adopted two chinese children, apprantly it is very popular thing to do in spain. The girls were gorgeous and very entertaining.
An interesting roundabout
and his friend look us for a weekend in Sansenso and surrounds, where we enjoyed a fatastic club scene and so beautiful secenery surrounding it. We went to the place where the spanish call the end of the world, where before columbus discoved america the spanish thought it was the end of the world. We also visited some beuatiful remote beaches and villages, one of which makes the best pies (empanada) in the world according to Manuel.
We took a trip to thius island, situated in Vigo Bay. It is a national park; with beatiful beaches and peace and quiet! We also went to German Beach; famous for its soft sand but it required nuding up.. a new thing for us but we got used to it.
Well we are now ending the teaching period, and we have had a great time. Not only have we learnt a bit more about english (and how many rules we break when speaking it) but also the culture of the provence, Galicia, where Vigo is situated in, as well as a little spanish.
Hope everyone is well,
ben and stace
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