pod n. a stream-lined external housing
Peas in a pod?
It wasn't all fun and games, but some of it was.
This summer, approximately 150 teachers from international schools from around the world arrived in Plymouth, U.K., to continue their graduate studies. Eighteen of us were in year two of our studies for our MAET. The best part of the summer wasn't the classes, the indepth discussion of educational theory, or even our final websites (which turned out great, by the way), but The Pod.
Our pod was composed six of teachers of Physical Education, Math, Art, Music, English, and Science who came in from the Netherlands, Prague, United Arab Emirates, Asia, and the U.S.
Six of us.
Multi-purpose bathrooms where you can shit, shower, and shave, all from the same spot.
Shared kitchen, with three pots and pans.
Bottles of wine with fish and chips.
Pigeons flying through open windows and pecking at crumbs on the counter.
Rain and sun.
Anger and hugs.
Pounding our heads on desks when, at 3 am , our Action Research Proposals weren't finished.
Pulling out hair out when the group website wouldn't upload to the afs space.
Memory sticks lost.
Skyping during lectures.
Canadian muffins and coffee from that frickin' coffee machine.
Stiff necks and shoulders.
It's finally over. Tonight is graduation for the year three students.
I will miss Plymouth. The Barbican. Motorbike rides. The sea. St. Ives. Train rides. Hope in a Bottle.The ships. The cabs. The Guiness. But most of all, I'll miss my pod buddies, who have left behind a black sock, eye contact containers, nail clippers, porridge, Dreamweaver Self-Help books, and an empty space in my heart.