Domingo, 20 de febrero

Yo trataré de completar todos mis trabajos este fin de semana. Yo pude terminar todo. Tengo que leer muchas lecturas, y estudiar por dos exámenes. A veces, siento que no tengo tiempo para completar todas mis actividades en mi vida.

Mi solución es que necesito un plan. Cada semana, tengo que repasar mis pendientes. Yo puedo poner mi plan sencillo.

  1. Crea un plan.
  2. Realiza un plan.
  3. fijarse cada día del plan.
  4. Entrega su tarea.
un boceto de mi correr de la manana.
mis bocetos diario

Soul

Yo vi la película, Soul, un dibujo animado. La historia sobre un profesor de música que muere.

Estoy estudiando educacion en mi universidad. Hay temas de tutoría, enseñanzas, y su pasión de tu vida.

¿Por qué la vi otra vez? Recientemente, escuchaba música de jazz. Hay mucho jazz en esta película. Yo me vi a mi mismo en la protagonista. Él es un profesor, tiene una edad mediana, y solo. De afuera, parece que su vida está muy triste, pero en realidad, él tiene una buena vida.

Me gusta el diálogo del guión. Yo veo muchas metáforas y enseñanzas. Yo veo la película en inglés con subtítulos en español.

Creo que esta película va a esconder a la mayoría de la gente. La película se presentó durante 2020.

Quinto día

Yo tuve mi primer día de observación para ser un profesor. He oído muchos rumores que mi distrito escolar será malo y terrible. En mi primera impresión, mi escuela es un buen lugar. Creo que hay personas siempre van a tener malas experiencias porque tienen expectativas muy altas.

Normalmente cuando experimento algo nuevo siempre tengo mis expectativas muy bajo y pienso en las peores situaciones. Por eso, cuando sobrevivo todo está bien. no pasa nada.

Anteriormente solía ser un romántico, después mis veintes era un cínico, ahora soy realista. Creo que en la vida y el universo tienen un buen humor e ironía. Yo se el chiste y me reí.

Nosotros necesitamos sufrir para lograr nuestros objetivos . Sin sufrir, la vida siempre es fácil y feliz. Un vida asi esta muy aburrido, demasiado aburrido.

Imaginaté si juegas el juegovideo de vida con la dificultad es fácil. No es divertido. Cuando la gente engaña el juego no es divertido para nosotros. Los engañadores que normalmente engañan en juegos videos en su vida. Ellos son perdedores de vida. 

Mi boceto diario.

En Otras Palabras

¿Has leído el libro que se llama “En Otras Palabras” de Jhumpa Lahiri?

Leí este libro el verano pasado. Fue muy enérgico para mí. El libro es una autobiografía. Es la historia de la escritura y su viaje y su relación con el amor a la lengua italiana. La autora es una escritora de inglés, pero ahora mismo ella exclusivamente escribe en italiano. Se parece a mi relación con el español. Creo que solo la gente que aprende un idioma extranjero puede entenderlo.

Escuche en ingles y italiano.

Mi parte favorita está en el principio . Ella usa una metáfora de la natación en un lago y sus temores con el aprendizaje del italiano. La historia habla de por que nado y aprendo otros idiomas. Entiendo más que la mayoría de la gente. Yo sé el miedo y temor de los dos. Es un camino hacia ti mismo. A veces la actividad solo se parece . 

Mi quarto dia

mi boceto diario

Mi tercer dia

¿Qué voy a escribir sobre?

Yo recibí mi reloj nuevo. La marca del reloj se llama Garmin. Quiero estar más saludable. Por eso, yo corro. Mi meta es un 5K todos los días por un año, tal vez siempre. ¿Por qué? Estoy en forma bien en mi opinión pero creo que puedo empujar mi cuerpo y mi mente así. Voy a cultivar disciplina y consistencia.

Recientemente escuché a David Goggins otra vez. Una de sus frases  es ” Solo estás usando una fracción de tu potencial.

Que significa eso?

Para mi, yo puedo hacer más, estudiar más, aprender más, leer más, de todas maneras yo quería.

Todas las cosas yo quiero mejorar en. Tengo que hacer tiempo libre para lograrlas. La decisión es mía. Tenemos selecciones todos los días de su dieta, su trabajo, su pendientes, y más.

“Y si lograras lo inalcanzable?

Creo que el sueño vale la pena. 

Voy a cambiar el idioma.

Mi rutina cotidiana

Mi boceto está mañana.

Hoy voy a escribir por 15 minutos. Yo escribo cada día en inglés por 15 minutos también. Creo que mis escrituras en inglés han mejorado.

Mis notas por todas las palabras que yo no sé.

Mi rutina en mi dia normalmente. Me despierto a las cuatro de la mañana. Yo escribo en mi diario por 15 minutos. Yo bebo maté. Me preparo para enseñar mi clase de jiu jitsu a las cinco y media de la mañana. A veces yo llego temprano y hago ejercicios como burpees. Usualmente repaso la lección y hago notas que necesito recordar y enfatizar. Después de mi clase, yo limpio el suelo por mi mismo o con uno de mis alumnos. Yo cierro la academia y llegó a mi apartamento. Preparo ir a la universidad. Usualmente, esta rutina es por tres días de mi semana. Pero yo despierto a las cuatro cada dia y hago ejercicios como correr un poco.

Ahora mismo, leo un libro, Creatividad, S.A., de Ed Catmull. Tengo que leer muchas veces para entenderle. Tengo el libro en audible, pues,yo escucho mientras yo sigo las palabras que el orador habla.

Ojalá esa técnica pueda ayudar a mi escritura. Necesito memorizar las reglas de los tiempos y como usar los. Hasta mañana.

Feliz Cumpleanos a mi

Estoy cansado pero yo voy a escribir por 10 minutos.

Hoy tengo 37 anos. Soy viego en los ojos de generacion Z.

No me importa. Tengo que escribir en español para mejorar mi escritura. En el futuro, voy a tomar un examen en español. Mi idea es que yo necesito practicar todos los días. Yo puedo escribir, editar, y publicar con wordpress. Hay otras maneras para mejorar mi escritura. Si ustedes tiene consejos para mi por favor, dígame en los commentarios debajo.

Estoy preocupado sobre este examen. Yo estaré preparado o desprevenido. Yo elijo preparar esta habilidad y fortalezco mis debilidades.

yo dibujé este boceto mientras yo corrí esta manana.

Valencia, Spain

A week at Taronja…

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La Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. I first wanted to visit because of this building.  It is also portrayed in the Disney movie Tomorrowland.

I spent a week in Valencia. I enrolled in the Intensive and conversation classes at Taronja this week. I never been to an immersion language school. I met people from all over the world. I will most likely come back.

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Taronja is orange in Valenciano

My week in Valencia consisted of class Monday through Friday. The class schedule alternated from the afternoon and mornings. Every day I had conversation class as well. That class consisted of speaking on topics extemporaneously. ( Spoken or done without preparation. I’m trying to use this new word I learned in public speaking class.) The entire experience was great. It felt like I had 5 hour long italki lessons that didn’t stop. For the most part I enjoyed every bit of it. I think my level is at stage where I can live without too much effort. Could I work efficiently in this language equally to my mother tongue? No. Hopefully some day. I enjoyed the consistent curriculum at the school as well. The class I jumped in was covering imperfect, indefindo preterito, imperatives-positves/negatives, preterito perfecto and pluscuamperfecto. I have heard, read, and spoken these tenses before. It was a review but I needed it. There is so much nuance to using these grammar tenses than the English past tense.

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Left to Right. Me. Guy. Andrea, our teacher Alberto.

I felt bad for some of the students who had to digest the language faster. For the most part my classmates did very well. I think the advantage I had was my time in the language because I have been learning it so long, 5 years. This year as well I started to use italki consistently. The trick with italki is…. you can’t stop using it. Maybe when you get competent enough and achieve your goal. If you the time, money and freedom I would have done this course a long time ago. I didn’t have all those resources. I also have a philosophy that one can learn a foreign language on your own. That is another blog post.

I will most likely come back to the school because I had so much fun. I had fun during the class, with the social activities after class, and the city of Valencia. The last time I was here I only saw the arts and science museum. I didn’t even go in the city center. This time my apartment was right across the street from Mercat Central. I will probably come back May of 2020 or winter of 2020 and spend the whole month in Valencia. The class sizes at the school were smaller and very intimate. I was able to ask all the questions I wanted, at times we had friendly debates.

I met some cool people as well. All the professors were very friendly. I felt they were generally interested in me. Even though I was just passing through the school a week. As a traveler, you can get incredibly jaded from meeting new people. There were times I felt it. The professors really cared about teaching and helping their students. As an aspiring teacher I saw that quality. I met and had some interesting conversations with the becarios(interns) at the school. Stefano, the head becario, spoke 5 languages and hailed from Switzerland. There were also a handful of Italians which made the vibe quite warm and fun. (I don’t know why I feel Italians do that). Andrea,(Italian male name), who was in my class this week, always came in late. Although that was a stereotype characteristic, he always brought something to the table when we were learning. Guy, Australian, was in my class as well, he has living in Valencia for some months now and has about 10 more. Though we are not compatriots, we both speak English as our mother tongue. In that sense I felt bonded more with him than the other students. I wonder if that is the way how most people feel when they speak to people from other countries, the common mother tongue.

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Waiting for the train at Valencia Nord.

I’m going to try to blog when I leave a location.

Sidenote: Urgh.. I got my grades for the Fall Semester. All A’s except a C in Introductory Algebra. I went to the stages of grief fairly quickly. Denial. I don’t believe I got a C. I went to every class, asked questions, and I did fairly well on most tests. Anger. I thought my professor took a shine to me as well. I’m never going to be nice to teachers. Bargaining. Maybe I can email her and ask how she tallied the score up. Depression. I’m so stupid. (sigh) Acceptance. C’est la vie. I guess I just have to double down on my weaknesses. So I can crush college algebra next semester.

Truth be told. I’m still on Bargaining,

Traveling for Winter

 

Let’s do 500 words.

I know I haven’t blogged very much. I can make excuses, but I won’t. I just choose do other things than blog.

My goals for this Europe trip. First, Improve my Spanish and receive a baseline for my level. If don’t receive this I’m going to get during 2020 somewhere. Secondly, I taking an online course for school, Federal Government. Thirdly, improve my French, I learned the basics in the last 6 months. The last few things is visit a few friends in Paris and draw and water color more.

I choose to go to Europe because I find being in the United States quite boring. I love my family but I saw them on Thanksgiving already. I also feel Christmas is overhyped holiday in the United States. We, as a society or just Americans, are too materialistic. I want to get away from that next year. I’ve never visited Europe in the Winter. It has always been the summer when I visited. Which is always the best time to visit a country, but I like to change it up and experience something different.

I’m in Valencia, Spain right now. I’m taking a Spanish course. Hopefully it can jump start my learning to a new level. I’m here for a week. I hope to take an exam to finally get a baseline on my level. Then I can better evaluate where I am. “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” – Peter Drucker.

During all this traveling I’m going to do a college course online. One might think why are you taking a class while you’re traveling in Europe? I say them Why not? I am school again. I can say honestly I’m not in love with living in Texas. I might as well just keep going to school and enjoy myself in the location of my choosing. We are lucky to live in a time where we can go to school online.

I held off visiting France for over ten years. My first experience was very off-putting. I made an unconscious decision to not visit France ever again. Then over the years I’ve met many cool French people. Those experienced change my opinion on French people. They can’t all be bad I thought. So I decided back in September to visit again during winter. My experience from the first time will not be repeated. A key to the story was that I was monolingual, immature and young. I learned a little bit everyday for 6 months. So hopefully I will have a better experience.

Afterwards I will go to Belgium. I’m going to visit a few cities during the Chrismas Holiday week and New Years. I’m going to visit Brussels, Antwerp, and Bruges. Finally Paris, France. I will end in Madrid to fly back.

I have two transfers on my flight back, which I will not enjoy. MAD- AMS. AMS- ATL. ATL-IAH. I use airport code because it is just easier to write especially if you’re a traveler. There is probably a better way to write it.

I got an Idea with my language learning. I listen to podcasts on Spotify. There is speed option on the application. To increase my comprehension. I will listen to the podcasts three times. (thrice) Once at 0.8x, the second time at 1x(normal time), and the third time 1.2x. I can also do this on Youtube.

Day 60. Valparaiso El Fin.

A month in Valparaiso, Chile.

I spent a month in Valparaiso, Chile.  I did a work exchange at a hostel.  I worked in exchange for a bed and some food.  It was actually a lot easier than I thought, despite everything being in Spanish.  It is said that Chilean Spanish is difficult to understand because they talk to fast and they have different slang.  I got along fine though. Before Chile I spent the prior month backpacking through Peru.  It was too fast for me, a week here and a week there.  I found this gig through, Workaway, check it out. I have another gig in August in Scotland.  It was great to relax and not have to worry about traveling.

 

Cerro Bellavista

Valparaiso is the cultural capital of Chile. There are 42 hills, cerros, in the city. There are many incredible murals all over the city.  It has one of the three homes of famous Chilean Poet, Pablo Neruda. It used to be one of the premier ports in the 1800s.  With the creation of the Panama Canal.  Its stopped receiving as many visitors.  I saw a video that showed the city and immediately I wanted to visit the city.

I don’t know who this artist is but I dig the character style and colors.

Red Bull Valparaiso Abajo

 

Me, Hernan, and Lucas

Who I met.  The first people I met were my co-workers, Hernan.  He was the manager of the hostel.  He was very friendly and welcoming.  I learned a lot about Chilean culture from him.  Lucas, a young Brazilian kid, who is from Sao Paulo.  He is traveling all over South America.  He will be in Chile until July.  Pierre, a French traveler, who is from Marseilles.  He has a travel visa for a year.  He left to travel south after a week I arrived.

Pierre made crepes as his last meal with us.

What I got from the experience. Traveling slow is a much more enjoyable experience.  I was able to spend more time to meet people and learn about their culture and country. One of the traditions at the hostel was to have lunch together with all the workers.  It will be something that I’m going to miss.  I believe breaking bread with strangers is one of the best ways to get to know people. The last lunch I had with Hernan and Lucas, I made Filipino chicken adobo.  I believe knowing how to cook is an essential adult skill.  I’m thankful for living on my own, it helped with my knowledge around the kitchen.

My last lunch with the guys. Food brings people together.

I had a lot of down time to train Jiu Jitsu, read, cook, walk around the city, enjoy a  wine tour and take in the Chilean culture.  I will miss the weather, empanadas, murals, food, wine, and speaking spanish but not the terremotos.  I will go to South Korea for a week.

The view from La Sebastiana.

 

Travel slow.