A bit of an update

My first term here was the longest term ever. Well, the longest term I’ve experienced so afar as a teacher, 17 weeks and 2 days (minus 3 days for day of the dead and 2 public holidays, plus a week of orientation). I am now halfway through the second term and have been in Mexico…

Computing vs ICT (again)

And the debate is back on again. A week or so ago the government announced it wouldn’t be renewing GCSE or A Level ICT courses as part of a review of subjects considered not academically challenging enough. I think they are wrong. This (the announcement, not my disagreement) has kicked off an online debate amongst…

Day of The Dead in Oaxaca

While we don’t get a full half term the school does close for 3 days to celebrate the day of the dead so myself and a couple of  friends jumped on a night bus last Tuesday evening and woke up in the city of Oaxaca (pronounced Wahaca). Oaxaca is a colonial era city next to…

Settling In

I’ve been in Mexico for a bit over two months now and I am slowly settling in. The first few months in any new place can be a bit, well lets just say hectic. Trying to get used to a new job, in a new country with a completely new set of people to get…

¡El Grito!

¡Viva Mexico! Tuesday was Mexican Independence Day, obviously an excuse for a party especially since Mexico does things right and has its public holiday the day after the celebrations so not a school night. I celebrated with friends in a fashionable district called Coyacan. We had a few drinks in their flat while watching a…

I had no idea what was going on

I went to see the Lucha Libre last night with a bunch of my new colleagues. I have to admit that I have no idea what was happening. There were midgets dressed as a monkey and an eagle, a grossly overweight middle aged man in lycra tights, lots of impressive gymnastics, men in colourful masks…