Hello! My name is Sophie and I’m from a small town in the middle of England near Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare. I’m a modern languages graduate in Spanish, French and Portuguese from the University of Nottingham and I became interested in English language teaching after studying it as part of my degree.
My first visit to Zaragoza was seven years ago when I did a work placement in a bookshop for a week to try to improve my (then very basic) Spanish. I enjoyed the experience so much that I returned to this great city 4 years later on the Erasmus exchange programme at the Universidad de Zaragoza, where I studied Spanish culture and teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Aside from language learning, I enjoy travelling. Every time I go away I treat it as an adventure. I’ve set myself the challenge of visiting every corner of Spain. So far I’ve been to many places from San Sebastian to Salamanca. My latest venture was to Toledo for the Easter processions, which were incredible to watch; especially as most of the statues were carried through the narrow streets by hand. My other interests include keeping fit at the gym, playing the flute, going for walks in Parque Grande and looking after our latest addition to the household – my pet rabbit Billy!
Since living in Spain, I’ve grown to love the Spanish way of life with delicious food, wine and (most of the time) good weather. J The Spanish really make the most of their leisure time and here in Zaragoza there is always something going on from music festivals to the medieval market, which I’m heading to this weekend.
I simply can’t stay away from Zaragoza and since January I’ve been back here as a teacher at Number 16. So far it’s been fantastic. With a different variety of classes to teach every day, there’s never a dull moment and it’s lovely to work within a small, friendly community. I hope to see you in class soon!