Posted by: lifeonislandtime | August 6, 2017

Barkeeps

In the past 2 days, I've had some great conversations with the bartenders at a couple of bars we visited. Both in the oldest section of London.

Yesterday was the bartender/waitress at The Tipperary. This is the oldest Irish pub in England, and has traditional Irish food. We got the chicken and ham pie. The bartender happened to be American. I asked her what brought her to,London, and she is finishing up her PhD in Sociology, looking at the female voice in fandoms. To say we were into the same things was understating the issue. We chatted about books, movies, and games like old friends. Trav drank his beer.

Today, we stopped at the Eagle pub. Also in the old quarter, also old. The bartender, Ed, asked how long we were in town, then wanted to know how we got so much time off. Trav was the one who ordered and started the conversation, but Ed lit up when he heard I was a teacher. Turns out, he's also a teacher, and we talked about teaching for an hour. Trav drank his beer.

It was nice to hear that teachers over here are also burdened with paperwork, useless meetings, not enough time, and a general scarcity of everything needed to educate kids. Whenever we get disheartened, we always hear about how much better the European schools are. Turns out, kids are the same, world wide, and it seems the education systems have all run on the "do more with less" model as well. It made me feel better, anyway.

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