claire_quinlanWhere are you from?
Cork, Ireland. It’s by the sea

What do you like most about your country?
The landscapes! Nothing is ever too far, and we have some beautiful seasides, green countrysides, beautiful hills and mountains.

If you would recommend one place for a tourist to visit in your country, where would that be?
That’s a tough one, but I am going to cheat and say the Wild Atlantic Way! It’s a road that travels all along the west coast of Ireland and it is truly so so beautiful. Everyone should come to Ireland, rent a car and see where it takes you.

Where you an A student?
Not really. I always enjoyed school though. I had really good friends.

What was your dream job when you were a youngster?
Art teacher, animator or scientist

When you have one day off at home, how would you spend it?
My ideal day is a walk and coffee in town or going to the seaside (but in reality it’s spent on the sofa with Netflix)

How would you network and meet new friends in a new country?
Online is so helpful now! I’m part of two online social groups for expats to meet and have coffee and talk about their respective countries and life in a new one. A few Swedes join too and they give plenty of tips to get out and explore.

How would you describe Lund in three words?
Connected. Surprising. Medieval.

How would you describe Sweden in one word?

What is your role at the IESL?
Art teacher!

What made you decide to join IESL?
It has been a dream of mine for a few years to live and work in a foreign language country. I am very jealous of those who are bilingual, it’s a great gift. Then to get such a nice job, in a foreign country, with amazing people, in the career I want… so lucky!

What did you do before you started at IESL?
I worked in a framemakers shop. Before that I was a hostel receptionist for three years. I thought running a backpackers hostel was my life goal until I tried out teaching and loved it!!

What are your challenges at IESL?
I teach every student so I work extremely hard at trying to remember names.
There is also sometimes a language barrier with the younger students.

Do you have any clear visions you would like to achieve?
Learning Swedish is a big goal of mine (though I haven’t started yet)

Where are you in three years time?
IES Lund!!

Name one unexpected similarity you have with one of your colleagues
Well there is another Claire, though it’s spelt differently. Also Ms. Svensson and I, I think have similar shoe tastes – kooky but comfortable! We always compliment each other.

Give three good advices to your students
Don’t worry, be happy, wear sunscreen 🙂

Name 3 things you find best about Sweden
I really like the people, the landscape and it’s music.

What do you prefer to eat?
Mexican food(the spicier the better) or sushi

You will be staying one month on a deserted island. You may bring one person and two items. Who and what would that be?
Can an art box be one item? Bear Grylls, an art box and a tank of water.

What is the most peculiar thing you have done?
I ran with the bulls of Pamplona. Everyone in the city wears white and red for the festival, and it looks like a Where’s Wally picture. But with bulls…

Who is the most famous person you have met?
Christopher Lambert – french actor from 80’s sci-fi movies like Highlander and Mortal Kombat.

What sport would you never practice?
Ultimate Fighting. I don’t think anyone should be doing it really.

What TV show(s) are you a bit embarrassed to tell that you are watching?
Nothing embarrassing! I have nothing but the finest choices in TV!

What social media are you using?
Facebook. I have many friends across the world right now so it’s really nice to be able to see their photos!

Where do you go for your dream holiday?
Macchu Picchu. I love archaeological places and the landscape would be amazing

Ms. Claire Quinlan

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