I’m Moving to Logroño, Spain!

After nearly three weeks of incessantly checking my email for my city and school placement, it came through this morning, and I’ll be teaching and living in Logroño – the capital of La Rioja.

 

Being considered a first year applicant (because I declined my position last year), I was certain I would be placed in a remote village of La Rioja. This would have been perfectly fine with me, although I would have preferred a big city, like Logroño. Well, big for La Rioja standards at least. I believe that my low inscrita number and selection of not teaching a certain age preference on the profex application helped secure me a city center teaching position.

My school is an Escuela oficial de idiomas, which from what I understand means that my students will be ages 16 and older and consist of people who are trying to learn English. This was a shocker to me, in all honesty. I guess I thought all placements were at primary (CEIP) and secondary (IES) schools. However, I am completely happy to be here. In fact, I have quite a bit of experience teaching an older crowd. I’ve taught tennis and pottery lessons to adults for years. On an unrelated note, the only group I don’t have a large amount of experience with is the high school age group.

Since the school is located right in Logroño, it means that I will be living in Logroño and shouldn’t have to worry about transportation to and from work. I couldn’t be happier about being able to walk to work either! Although my drive in the U.S. is only 15 minutes, I still despise it. I wish I could just walk. Now, I’ll be able to!

I’m ecstatic, to say the least, that I will be living in Logroño too. This truly is the position that I had been hoping for. I wanted to live in the city and be part of all Logroño and La Rioja has to offer. The placement came at the right time too, as you may have read the other week about me having second thoughts about the whole teaching in Spain thing, but no longer! I will be going in September!

Stay tuned as I prepare to leave for Spain, learn more about Logroño, improve my Spanish, and, of course, write about it all.

Advertisements

38 responses to “I’m Moving to Logroño, Spain!

      • Hey Mike, I received my placement and I have been assigned to 2 school in Arnedo. Do you know what we need to do next? Do we need to send something?

      • I believe we just email them back and accept or position. I don’t think the email and/or letter said that we needed to send them anything. If you find out we do, let me know!

  1. Excite for you, my friend, I’ve wanted to visit La Rioja ever since I first started reading Liz’s blog. I’m definitely going to plan a trip, given that I will be much closer in Madrid than I was in Granada. Maybe you can show me around!

    • That sounds like a plan to me! You’re more then welcome to visit. I’ll be making a trip to Madrid too, so I may need a guide.

    • Thanks, Danielle! I’ll have to make a trip down to Málaga to visit sometime. I was just going to text you about next week in NYC too!

  2. Congrats! 🙂 Logroño sounds like the perfect size! (And think of all the wine.) One thing I’ve been a little disappointed about in Madrid is that it’s more difficult to make Spanish friends — there are so many expats living here. But I think Logroño sounds just right.

    • Thanks, Olivia! I’ve definitely been thinking of all the wine and can’t wait to be there drinking it! I’ve already bought two bottles, and finished them. Oops! I’m looking forward to meeting a mix a Spanish and expat friends.

  3. Pingback: More About Logroño | Mapless Mike·

  4. Congratulations! I just got my carta nombramiento a few days ago and found out I’ll be teaching at two schools in Logroño as well! We should connect via FB. Are you in the 2014-2015 La Rioja Auxiliares Language Assistants group?
    – Sasha 🙂

  5. I found this post fortuitously after reading Liz’s blog.
    I am from Logroño (although living most of the time in Zaragoza, where I study at uni) and it’s weird/funny for me that you wanted to come to such a small town as Logroño is (it also makes me feel kind of proud of my city) Anyway ,if you like laid-back lifestyle and good food I’m sure you’ll like it, and I’m sure you’ll make friends quite quickly. 🙂
    It will be fun if I see you around.
    PS: I hope you arrive before 20th Sept. so you can enjoy San Mateo.
    PS2: I hope I’ve written everything right since I’m starting to forget my English.

    • Thank you! I am really excited to be moving to Logroño! I’ll be arriving in time to enjoy San Mateo too! Your English was very good. Thank you again for reading and commenting. Maybe I will see you in Logroño!

  6. Hi there!
    I somehow found out about your blog and this post, and I wanted to say that I’m extremely happy to see that someone from the overseas is so looking forward to be working and living in such a town as Logroño. I’m actually surprised, as Logroño is not very big and doesn’t get much attention (with the exception of our famous “Calle Laurel”, the heaven of tapas/pinchos 😉 ).
    The best part of coming in September, is that near the end of that month, it’s the “fiestas” of the city, religiously called “San Mateo”, non-religiously called “Fiesta de la Vendimia”. I don’t know if you were already aware of it, but it you weren’t I advice you to look up some information on a tourism office and so, because there will be many cultural events everyday and you may be interested in checking them!
    About the EOI (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas), I’ve studied there before (and I’m still studying in an EOI nowadays, but in Pamplona), so maybe if you thought you could have a question I may be able to answer, go ahead and ask!
    Hope you’ll have a great time in Logroño 🙂 I will be reading your updates!

    • Thank you! I know Logroño isn’t the most famous city in Spain, but that is partly why I chose to go there. I’ll be arriving before the San Mateo festival starts at the end of September. I’m also excited to experience Calle Laurel!

      I’ll be sure to send any questions about the EOI your way. It truly is a small world that you’ve studied there, and I’ll be teaching there. Maybe we’ll run into each other in Logroño!

      • That would be cool! Currently, I’m studying in a University in Pamplona though, so by the time you come, chances of running into each other are reduced to a couple of weekends per month X)
        But Logroño is small enough to run into each other indeed!

        If you have any questions about the town or so too I won’t mind trying to help you out 🙂

        Ps: sorry I posted the same comment twice… It’s the first time I use wordpress, and didn’t see it at first… Sorry again!

      • Thank you for offering to answer my questions as I’m sure I’ll have some! I’m planning on making it up to Pamplona too, so maybe I will see you there as well.

  7. Hi there!
    I somehow found out about your blog and this post, and I wanted to say that I’m extremely happy to see that someone from the overseas is so looking forward to be working and living in such a town as Logroño. I’m actually surprised, as Logroño is not very big and doesn’t get much attention (with the exception of our famous “Calle Laurel”, the heaven of tapas/pinchos 😉 ).
    The best part of coming in September, is that near the end of that month, it’s the “fiestas” of the city, religiously called “San Mateo”, non-religiously called “Fiesta de la Vendimia”. I don’t know if you were already aware of it, but it you weren’t I advice you to look up some information on a tourism office and so, because there will be many cultural events everyday and you may be interested in checking them!
    About the EOI (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas), I’ve studied there before (and I’m still studying in an EOI nowadays, but in Pamplona), so maybe if you thought you could have a question I may be able to answer, go ahead and ask!
    Hope you’ll have a great time in Logroño 🙂 I will be reading your updates!

  8. Congrats on your placement! I’ll be in a small town not too far north of Madrid, so I’ll be commuting from Madrid every day it looks like. I’m hoping to make it up to northern Spain sometime during the year. This will be my first time ever in Europe, so I’m super excited. Have you been to Spain or Europe before? 🙂

    • Thank you, Andrea, and congrats on your placement as well! I love Madrid! I think it’s awesome that you are jumping at the opportunity to live in Spain when you’ve never even been to Europe before. Many people would be too scared to make that move. Props to you! I studied abroad in Spain back in 2010 in Granada, but have not been back to Europe since.

  9. Pingback: So I Spoke With My Boss About Moving To Spain… | Mapless Mike·

  10. Pingback: A Weekend Tour of Milwaukee | Mapless Mike·

  11. Hey so I stumbled upon your blog while looking up some information aboout Logroño, turns out I was also accepted to La Rioja although not in the capital but very close by. I am so anxious and excited to move in a couple of weeks! How is the preparation going? I am somewhat worried about not being able to find a place to live as soon as possible. Have you had any luck?

    • Awesome, Candi! I move one week from today and still feel like I have quite a bit of packing and preparing to do. How’s your preparing going? We’ll have to meet up in Logroño once we both get there!

  12. Pingback: A Weekend Tour of Milwaukee·

  13. Pingback: So I Spoke With My Boss About Moving To Spain…·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s