head. is. spinning.
obtain multiple visas receive re-entry permit book flights, trains, hostels write up finals get passport photos taken call bank, situate my frozen account [grrrrr] listen to more elton john hand in weekly lesson plans visit indian embassy in bangkok have dinner with thai teacher start students presentations respond to emails grade tests stop eating an excessive amount of potato...
this just about sums it up. →
my six week summer break is officially planned. in exactly one month i’ll be backpacking through vietnam, cambodia, thailand, & INDIA!
deirdre and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.
i had to wake up a woman from a nap on her couch in the back of her home/store in order to purchase my banana muffins. #thaimomentoftheday
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.– Thoreau (via justinthailand)
this country loves their ukeleles, as my do students. here’s two of my seventh graders performing jessie j’s “price tag”. basically, they’re awesome.
me: i’m really not in the mood to go teach sixth grade right now. they’re so mean. shanna: i know. i’m looking at pictures of cute animals online before i have to go in there.
one hundred and four degrees.
The grass is always greener where you water it.
it is my belief one of the best ways to learn, change, grow, and get to know yourself better is to throw yourself into a situation completely out of your element. then take it from there. you may be surprised with what you’re capable of.
i’ve been saying since i arrived in this country, anyone that wants to get into hospitality, should come to thailand to learn first hand. it’s hard to actually put into words how accommodating thai people can be. at first it even took some adjusting to. now that it’s been about four months, a lot of things have become the norm to me. i don’t notice as many cultural...
before moving to thailand i was warned that i wouldn’t be able to be a regular coffee drinker, and if i was, i’d have to settle with instant. i was horrified. turns out though, since being here, i now drink gourmet coffee from a french press. i think i’ve upgraded in the move. on that note, cheers!
i have a problem. i have a problem with europeans travelers in this country. now before i begin, understand this is not directed towards them all. this is for the ones who automatically upon hearing i’m american have the cojones to make a bold, rude, disapproving comment about myself and where i come from. i’ve gotten it all, so have the others i live and work with here. “oh!...
you know you live in thailand when....
1. its 95 degrees out and you use the fan over air conditioning in your apartment. 2. you teach barefoot. 3. two chili peppers in your meal will not suffice. 4. you accept rides from strangers. you simply hop in the back of their pick up and they are happy to drop you off wherever. no questions asked. [don’t try this at home] 5. you start naming the stray dogs you see on a regular...
the best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.– mark twain
so far this week two people have separately contacted me asking me how to go about teaching in thailand. i love it.
you know your fifth graders don’t know a word of english that you speak when you start class with “guess what i did this weekend?!? i played with tigers!” and in response you get blank, silent stares. but when i showed them pictures there were countless “ooooohs”, “teachaaaa!”, “ahhhhs”, and even screams as if the tiger were in the room. and...
stuff white people like #120 - taking a year off →
fellow esl teachers, travelers, guys and gals living abroad, or anyone else who fits the bill, please take a moment to read this and laugh at yourself.
there’s nothing much better than drinking a coconut after a run, especially when it’s purchased and cracked open with a machete on a street corner. and while we’re on the subject of running i should mention that about an hour ago i made the impulse decision to sign up for for my second half marathon, thailand’s first international half marathon. [february, 26th -...