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The Other Side of the Desk: The Last Days of Greek School and the Final Exam

29 May, 2017 I could write volumes comparing my experiences teaching ESL to being a Greek student. In this post, I’ll limit those little observations to one: The temperature is never right in the classroom. It was amusing to me at first that even in Greece I couldn’t get away from students complaining about it… Continue reading The Other Side of the Desk: The Last Days of Greek School and the Final Exam

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16 July, 2017, Holy Week + Pascha

8-16 April, 2017 Euphrosini had the blessing to spend Lazarus Saturday (the Saturday before Holy Week) through Holy Tuesday at Ormylia (Annunciation Monastery). While there, she helped the sisters dye six-thousand Pascha eggs. They begin collecting the eggs from their own hens starting in December (apparently eggs can last for months without refrigeration as long… Continue reading 16 July, 2017, Holy Week + Pascha

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21 April: The Other Side of the Desk: Reflections of an ESL Teacher

I spent five years teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL and EFL respectively); a year in the Czech Republic, two summers in France, and four years in the States. As a freshly graduated kid, not much older than most of my students, it took a while to get used to my new role as… Continue reading 21 April: The Other Side of the Desk: Reflections of an ESL Teacher

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12 February: Christmas on Athos, Part 2: Simonopetra

It’s hard to take in the unspoiled beauty and silence of the Holy Mountain, and it’s difficult to write about it even now. It’s just something that you have to experience and something that reaches the depths of your heart. So, I’ll just leave it at that. Once you get over the first crest, the… Continue reading 12 February: Christmas on Athos, Part 2: Simonopetra

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12 January: Christmas in Greece

This was my (Josef’s) second Christmas in Europe and Euphrosini’s first. This was also her first Christmas in a winter that felt like winter. The last week of class for us before break consisted of a light work-load, a field-trip to the White Tower, and a Christmas party the Friday before Christmas. Most of the… Continue reading 12 January: Christmas in Greece

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5 December: Our Initiation into the Greek Arts

The events in this post took place the weekend of November 4-6, 2017 If you really want to learn a language, you’ve gotta get your head and your heart into their culture, and one of the most important aspects of culture is art. Every other Friday we have a different teacher named Marina. About a… Continue reading 5 December: Our Initiation into the Greek Arts