My computer blurts out a tone that tells me I have a Facebook chat message, “Shit!” I mumble – I get mad at myself as I realize that somehow my chat got turned on again unknowingly (damn technology) and now I was going to get sidetracked from writing. When I clicked over prepared to ignore […]
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Q&A – Cell Phones and ESL
I get many emails from travelers all over the world asking me questions about my travels. Here are some of the recent ones that are great to share with everyone! If you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask! Q: from Dave – Brooklyn I came across your blog and was very impressed by your […]
Am I a Wandering Educator?
I was recently contacted by a website to do an interview. To my surprise, the website was www.wanderingeducators.com . Am I really an educator…am I wandering…hmmm – I never really thought about it like that. I just thought I was running away from ‘real life’ and trying to make enough money to live! As you all know […]
Teacher – Teacher!
I’ve been teaching ESL now for 5 months and it’s had it’s up and downs. It’s honestly a lot of work, but it does get a bit easier once you’ve been there for a while. The prep time is reduced, and you learn that you simply need to stay a step ahead of the students. […]
A Little Shout Out
I recently recieved a little recognition from one of the volunteer companies I worked with in 2007. Cross Cultural Solutions chose me as their ‘Alumni In Focus’ for their newsletter. I was rather stunned, but I think they wrote a very nice article that highlights some of the high points of my volunteering with them. […]
Yesterday…In my Normal Life
I had a funny little day yesterday. The scary part is that I’m starting to believe this is normal for my life in Vietnam. My definition of normal has slowly changed over the last three months. I often wonder what my friends in the US would think…is this normal? I will let you be the […]
A Holiday for ME!
It’s nice to know that other places around the world invent holidays for the flower industry. I have just experienced my first Teacher’s Day in Vietnam! November 20th is a major holiday here in Vietnam; Teacher’s Day. Granted – you don’t get the day off of work, but it is well celebrated. In fact, it’s […]
Bringing Home the Bacon
There’s a reason it’s called Work. Work is still work. After two years of being out of work, my mini retirement has ended for a while. There’s a part of me that is happy that I have a place to settle for a bit, however there’s a larger part of me that would rather […]
Hands for Help – Final Thoughts
Dhal Bhat Days – vol13 9/15/08 While in Nepal I heard from my old students in India; they wished me a happy teacher day via email; it took me completely off guard, and shook me up a bit . It had been a year ago that I was there living in Delhi teaching my wonderful group […]
Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 10 9/10/08 To see all of the snapshots of the ‘last day’ activities – click here! (opens new window) Time is very powerful. In fact, I think it’s the most powerful thing in this universe. Time heals feelings, it causes us to forget, and with time; everything gets better. […]