Hola! I’m Janel Torkington; I was a Fulbright ETA for the 2010-11 school year at IES José Luis Sampedro in Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain. I renewed my contract for the year of 2011-12, and I worked the same gig directly under the umbrella of la Comunidad de Madrid.
I’m now in Barcelona, having found a legit jobbie writing and editing for an internet start-up. I drink plenty of black coffee and have finally converted to typing on a Spanish keyboard.
This blog is an exploration of “what it’s like,” which is as much as discovery for you as it is for me. I adore playing with language – which is why I got into the business of teaching it in the first place – so expect excessive wordiness accompanied by really terrible puns.
I also dabble in photography and continue to delve further into the art while in aesthetically pleasing España.
I speak both English and Spanish; while con tomates is a mainly English-language blog, I can’t promise a little variety won’t pop up here and there. Un poco de todo y de todo un poco, ¿verdad?
The views expressed in con tomates are mine – that is, Janel Torkington’s – and not those of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State, or any of its partner organizations. I definitely don’t have to include this anymore, but it’s vaguely legitimizing in its declamation, and I like that.
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