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...unfortunately, the potential-job is in England. And interviews may be as early as June.

I've given this a lot of thought, and the conclusion is: if they invite me to interview, I'm coming back early. Work in Poland is, to put it bluntly, not going to happen. Private teaching is dangerous at best and damn stupid at worst (yes, I consider stupidity worse than doing something dangerous... though possibly the two are very closely intertwined), and without a TEFL, I can't get a job in a school of foreign language. This whole shebang was a learning experience from the start, and by god I have learnt.

My pride and I had a long argument on the matter last night (surprisingly, my pride sounds a lot like Daxx, for those of you that know him. Hrmmm), and the logical course of action is to come back to England, take the job if they offer it -- it's in the university library at Durham Uni, which is not bad at all -- take nightclasses, get a TEFL, hell, maybe even go to uni myself; and then give it another shot. With a lot more planning this time. ;)

So watch this space... I might be back on Blighty soil before you thought.

In the meantime, though, I'm moving into my new flat tomorrow! The owner is more than happy with short-term letting anyway, so I won't feel too bad if I do skive out after four or five weeks (and the rent's so low I'll likely give her an extra month's worth to ease my conscience for the skipping out anyway, so we're all winners). She's even helping me shift my stuff from A to B. I confess I haven't actually seen the place, which is stupid I know (or dangerous? Heheh), but right now, I've got till Saturday with the host family -- who charge per week what my new landlady Sylwia wants per month, so I'll settle anywhere. Even more so if it does turn out to be for just a month.

I actually went shopping yesterday. Shock horror, I know -- don't faint dead away, anyone, please; I do do it occasionally. Got pressies for draconiandemon, Nixxy, and two gorgeous pairs of amber earrings for irisbleu because I promised I would. ;) I found a few things for other folks too, a lot of them LJ friends, but I don't have addresses, and anyway -- seriously, genuine question, people -- wouldn't it be weird to get presents from Poland based purely on LJ-ness? Because I say no, but I'm a gregarious bastard at the best of times (...well, there's a funny sentence), and you might think otherwise.

I found something gorgeous for mother (I can't say what; mother is my keenest reader. Once I get back to England I'll post pics, or else stick 'em under a locked post on the personal journal for those of you who can see that... once I get the thing), and got myself a little something as well, plus my bastard father's birthday present -- not that he'll appreciate it, but anything's worth a shot once. (Or twice, three times... every year for as long as I can remember... whatever).

Question for Americans on my friendslist: How common is squared paper in notebooks over there? Because it's blessed rare in England but I love it, and it's the norm here in Poland. Needless to say I'm stocking up like my life depends on it. =D

In entirely unrelated news, I promised myself I'd find a few Polish bands or singers I liked while I was out here and I have. Varius Manx is a new obsession.

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benaforn
May. 3rd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Squared paper? Do you mean graph paper, or actual perfectly square notebooks?
falcons_honour
May. 3rd, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
I mean instead of lines on the page, it's 5mm squares. It seems to be the standard for notebooks, letter paper, you name it, out here. I adore the stuff, but I've come across folks who can't stand it...
ajodasso
May. 3rd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Graph-style notebooks aren't terribly common, but you can find them fairly easily in larger cities/urban areas. As for the earrings, OMG *hugs* I'm still seeking something appropriately Viking, or Roman, to hit you back with. This city has so many layers of evident history that it's really difficult to discern what's the "native" flavor, so to speak. Oh, York.
syverce
May. 4th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
I've never had any trouble getting graph paper, even when I lived in the middle of nowhere. A lot of math classes past our elementary school levels require it at some point.

I've got several friends that I only know online, and I exchanged gifts this year (only one set-up went off, the one I least expected, so now I've got some unusual trinkets from Japan), and it wasn't that weird at all. Then again, I've known most of them for 4+ years. That being said, asking people on a case-by-case basis is probably your best bet. A note on this, however: if you're sending to any of your friends in the U.S. or elsewhere (I know there are a few) international shipping is a BITCH.
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