Things I Miss About Teaching Abroad

This post has been written by guest blogger, Laura Ambrey. It’s been a few years now since I’ve left the ESL teaching game… Sometimes I miss it. Here’s why: I miss… the cultural immersion. In no other job or travel experience did I have such instant involvement in the culture. Working with and teaching Indonesians […]

Life as an English Teacher in Taiwan

Wow. This has been a crazy couple of months. It’s been tough picking up and moving to a brand new city, but well worth it. Dom and I have been in Taiwan less than 2 months, and already we have jobs, an amazing space to call our own, and can already say a handful of […]

Chinese New Year Day 7: Happy Birthday to All of Mankind!

The seventh day of Chinese New Year is known as  Renri (人日, the common man’s birthday), and many believe this is the day when human beings were created. So today my friends, we are all one year older. Another interesting fact I discovered, is that most Asians add a year to their birth date because they […]

Chinese New Year Day Two: Happy Birthday Toto

According to legend, day two of the Chinese New Year, called the kāinián 开年 “beginning of the year”, is the birthday of all dogs. It is customary to give them special treats, so in preparation for this I bought some dog biscuits to pass out  to all the pups. Usually, there are countless dogs running […]

Well, Good News is I’m Employed.

The first few days in Kaohsiung were daunting.- a lot more so than I expected.  However, what will be will be, and my faith that everything will work out the way it should still runs thick. Plus, Dom and I have managed to keep a pretty positive outlook on the whole situation. I guess when I […]

Hi From an Unemployed, Illegal, U.S. Immigrant in Taiwan

Seven flights and three countries later, after many long layovers and unnecessary circumventions around the world in order to save money on flights (and a cheeky three week vacation in Thailand of course) I have finally made it to my final destination: Taiwan. There was a little complication in the Bangkok airport, where I found […]

The Land Where Coca-Cola Reigns: Top 20 Things I Learned While in Honduras

A Few Valuable Things I Learned While in Honduras Clearly, the best way to attract a pretty woman is to hiss at her. If that doesn’t work, send an obnoxious smacking noise her way. If that still fails to capture her heart, say “I love you bay-bee” in the creepiest voice possible, while rubbing your […]

Backpacker Stereotypes Part IV:The Walking REI Ad

Friends, meet The Walking REI Ad The polar opposite of the Christopher McCandless Wannabe, and consequently, usually a member of the The Itinerary Junkie species, this type of traveler is always prepared. He or she likes to think of themselves as the MacGyver of Travels, an Inspector Gadget if you will. You can easily spot one […]

Backpacker Stereotypes Part III: The Itinerary Junkie

Backpacker Stereotypes. As transient visitors, and consequently checking in and out of hostels constantly, any backpacker can tell you the chances to observe people are endless. Hostels truly are one of the best environments for people watching, and with a trenchant eye, it makes for an amusing sociology experiment. I have encountered many types of […]

Backpacker Stereotypes Part II- Let Me Guess, Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend Cheated On You?!

You see this lad or lassie, at first, sitting alone. They are easily approachable, as well as eager to approach. I love these cats. They are some of the most entertaining, and consequently some of the biggest lushes. However, they are capricious creatures with more mood swings than Van Gogh, due to the recent tragedy […]