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Teaching English in Queretaro, Mexico

Introduction

28 Dec 2001


Me in Queretaro, Qro, Mexico

This is my online journal about my experience of going to Queretaro, Mexico for three months to work as an English teacher. As I write this introduction, I am still at home in Minnesota. I'm not exactly sure what to expect at this point.

This is a photo of the city of Queretaro. (Obviously, I added this photo much later than when I wrote this introduction.) It is about a 2 hour drive north of Mexico City. I chose to go here in particular because I wanted to see the core culture of Mexico- somewhere that tourists haven't taken over. Mexico City would have been a very cool place to be, I'm sure, but far too intense for my first trip to the country. This town, I'm hoping, is close enough to get some of the vibe without all of the rush, crime, and pollution.

Technically speaking, I'm totally unprepared for this. Technically, I have never worked as a teacher, I don't speak Spanish, and I really don't know what I'm getting myself into.

But that's technically speaking. Practically speaking, I have a ton of experience working in educational situations which should make leading a small classroom seem easy. I'm good at figuring out Spanish, enough to get most of the jokes on the Univision comedy hour. ("Ay Mama!") And I've met lots of very cool Mexicans which gives me hope that their homeland will be a very fun and welcoming place. And no matter what happens, it will definitely be warmer than Minnesota in winter.

Thanks for checking out my journal. As I finish writing this introduction, I'm just as curious as you about what's coming next. Gracias y hasta luego . . .



The Chapters of Teaching English in Queretaro, Mexico...
Last Updated
Preparations 28 Dec 2001  U. S. A.   14 Mar 2002
Starting out 17 Jan 2001  Mexico   27 Feb 2002
More pictures, etc. 22 Jan 2002  Mexico   27 Feb 2002
A typical day  Mexico   27 Feb 2002
An interesting weekend 4 Feb 2002  Mexico   13 Feb 2002
Museum Photos 13 Feb 2002  Mexico   13 Feb 2002
Another weekend 18 Feb 2002  Mexico   8 Apr 2002
The Awful Truth 21 Feb 2002  Mexico   27 Feb 2002
Tequisquiapan 24 Feb 2002  Mexico   19 Mar 2002
San Miguel de Allende 18 Mar 2002  Mexico   19 Mar 2002
Mazatlan 1 Apr 2002  Mexico   9 Apr 2002
Adios Joseph 19 Apr 2002  Mexico   11 Oct 2003
The best part 20 Apr 2002  Mexico   23 May 2002
Epilogue 1 Nov 2003  U. S. A.   2 Nov 2003

  Joseph M. - Bio and Journals
  Teaching English in Queretaro, Mexico - Intro Average Rating of 128 Viewers
Chapters of Teaching English in Queretaro, Mexico
  Preparations
  Starting out
  More pictures, etc.
  A typical day
  An interesting weekend
  Museum Photos
  Another weekend
  The Awful Truth
  Tequisquiapan
  San Miguel de Allende
  Mazatlan
  Adios Joseph
  The best part
  Epilogue

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