This was by far the busiest Sunday I've experienced in a while. Dancing, singing, talking, walking, stomping, jumping and skipping. I woke up in a terrible state, yet despite this, I was out of the house, ready and excited to go. My SO is still away on business at the moment so it's just me in our apartment, which is probably for the best as I am a complete mess right now, emotionally and physically. Being female really is tiresome, the same drama, every month, blah, blah, blah.
I waited at the tram stop for ten minutes, it was strange, there was no one around, I waited for another ten minutes and after about half an hour I decided to contact my employer and get the tram to the metro instead of the initial location. This was a much better choice in terms of timing, although, by the time I got to the metro my abdomen was in knots. I felt sick, dizzy and tired. I was picked up from the metro station and taken to Auchan, a shopping mall in Łomianki where we were to hold the school event. The external building leaves a lot to be desired but it's a beautiful shopping mall on the inside, bright, spacious and friendly. Everyone was so kind today, I had a chocolate, some ibuprofen, water and an incredibly fancy iced coffee with chocolate syrup, a wafer and whipped cream. These things definitely helped. The other teachers and I did so well with the one hour children's class, lots of dancing, songs, flashcards and games. I think the children and the parents were happy but perhaps next time we'll start a little later as it seemed more children turned up after 11:50AM. I left earlier than the others as my body just wasn't cooperating well but now I'm at home, I've spoken to my mum and I'm quite content.
On my way home, I walked past the old lady who sells fruit and vegetables (under a billboard) during the week. I stopped, turned around and went up to her, she only had strawberries today, boxes and boxes of strawberries. I've never seen so many strawberries in all my life. The smell made my mouth water, so I thought I'd buy myself some. I thought it was 7 PLN a box but I was mistaken, it was 7 PLN for a kilo! I bought a kilo of strawberries in a carrier bag for about £1.22!
This week was probably one of the most interesting I've had so far in terms of random occurrences. On Monday, I was followed by a homeless man shouting "Czerwony Kapturek". On Tuesday, I applied for a PhD at Szkoła Nauk Społecznych Instytutu Filozofii i Socjologii PAN and was told that I had made it to the next stage (or stage two), which is an interview with several members of staff, the admissions committee. I feel quite positive that I'll do well as this is something I've wanted to apply for such a long time but I've never been brave enough to go ahead with. I also made a video which you can watch here.
Wednesday was nice, my SO gave me an absolutely beautiful bag from Gryfnie. On Thursday, I had a wonderful meeting with the Squared Online group as we're working on our last project at the moment. Friday was a busy day, I attended a school meeting in the morning and then taught in the afternoon. I was given a jar of home made blueberry jam by the financial director of the school, he makes it himself with the blueberries in his garden and he even gave me some great tips on how to serve it. I used cottage cheese (twaróg) and butter as a base. The jam itself reminds me of a chutney as it's a little more savoury than I'm used to but it is incredibly delicious.
My last lesson on Friday evening was an individual business student who works for Oriflame. She brought me the most beautiful gift, a perfume called SOLAR, it smells so sweet and fruity. I couldn't believe it. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people here in Warsaw (not including the homeless guy from Monday). There are two weeks left of school and I feel positive that things can only get better.