The project presents profiles of several hearing-, vision- or mobility-impaired people in Norway. Videos on the website also document how technology can help people with disabilities through a vast array of aid devices.
Visit http://www.sansetap.no/ for more information about the project.
(The segments I worked on have not been uploaded to the website yet, but I will keep you posted when they are.)
Next, it was on to Munich, Germany for a month of English tutoring - - along with some sun, fun and relaxation. I spent the month with a wonderful family in their beautiful home in the western part of Munich. Here are some photos from July:
|At the Staffelsee Lake with my host family|
|Pointing out their property on the Staffelsee|
|Statue in a little Bavarian town nearby|
Later in the month, I went for a weekend camping trip to see some must-see Bavarian historical attractions which include the fascinating Rococo Weis Church, the "fairy tale castle" Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Later that week I also visited King Ludwig II's Linderhof Palace.
|The Scourged Savior himself|
|We continued on and finally made it to the campground on the Forggensee.|
|We found a choice spot on the top of a hill with a great view of the lake, the Alps, sprawling pasture land and...|
|Neuschwanstein Castle! We could see it from our campsite!|
|That evening, we drove to Füssen, an old town nearby, to kill some time and see the sights there. It was drizzling and all the shops were closed, but it was really nice to see the old castle walls, churches and medieval streets.|
|The river was a beautiful, bright turquoise color. Why?|
|Unfortunately, the locals were as medieval as the streets! They locked us up for loitering...|
|At least we were allowed to keep our umbrella|
|The next day: a short drive to Neuschwanstein|
|A short drive, but a long line. It took over an hour to get tickets!|
|The view from Hohenschwangau|
|The view from Neuschwanstein|
|It was chilly, but after the a long day of walking up to the castles and touring them, I just had to take a swim in the beautiful Alpsee!|
|On the drive back to München|
|We followed this classic BMW to the palace, along with a film crew.|
|One of the guest houses at the palace.|
|The ballroom... or was it the pool house?|
|Later, we visited the English Garden one last time, got a frozen yogurt and walked through the gardens at the Residenz Munchen.|
Finally, I spent August in Barcelona. My main reason for going to Barcelona was to take a CELTA course at the International House language school. The course was intense but really a lot of fun. Our group of trainees had very good chemistry - we were always laughing and making jokes with each other, which made the everything (including the workload) seem lighter. The course consisted of 40 hours per week at school, plus several more hours at home planning for lessons and completing assignments. Each trainee taught 9 lessons - 3 classes with each of the 3 levels (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced). The students were a lovely group of adults who had a fervent desire to learn English.
I lived with a very nice, fun Spanish family with two daughters (ages 10 and 13) in Cabrils. For 15 hours per week, I tutored the girls in English. I didn't have much free time to go sightseeing, but here are a few pictures I took while I was there.
|On a hike with my Spanish host family on my first day in Cabrils.|
|The fort: our goal looms majestically in the distance, bathed in the golden light of sunset.|
|Finally, we arrive at the fort, built in the 1400s by Catalonian families to protect their farmlands.|
|I took this picture on the way back to the car, before we briefly got lost in the woods. The tiny dot on top of the tallest hill is the fort. A good hike for my first afternoon in Spain.|
So there it is, my summer. Much to be remembered and almost nothing to regret. Now, on to new and even more exciting adventures in Australia!