Monday, October 16, 2006

Ambitions - past and present

Hello my name is Gary Smith, I’m 35 years old and I was born in Leicestershire in the middle of England. I live in Barcelona now and I have been here for only five months but I really love it. I like the people, the city, and especially the weather. Before moving to Barcelona I lived in Manchester and worked for Manchester University.

When I was young I wanted to be an actor, I really enjoyed the theatre and was involved in lots of productions as a child. But I very soon realised that I really wasn’t that good at acting so I thought about how I could get involved in the theatre in other ways. I enjoyed marketing at University and so once I graduated I got a job working in the Marketing Department of a professional theatre. I worked in the industry for 13 years working my way up to Head of Department, I worked all over the UK in London’s West End and internationally. I am pleased that I have gone some way to achieving my childhood ambition.

However, now I am working in a different industry. I am an English teacher and teach at IH in Terrassa. I am new to teaching in Spain and over the next year I really want to improve my Spanish and gain more experience of life as a teacher here in a different country. I would like to continue teaching English for 5 or 6 years but ultimately maybe in ten years I would like to set up my own business here in Spain, maybe a coffee shop or restaurant. I really enjoy food and I think it would be great to have a business of my own.

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