Christmas Abroad

Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends. Back home, lights adorn the streets and shops. Houses are nestled amidst the faze of cold winter days. Lights brighten their silhouettes, and there’s the gleam of a richly decorated Christmas tree inside. People travel near and far to be with their loved ones. Kitchens…

Yunlong Mountain

One of Xuzhou’s main attractions is Yunlong Mountain. For westerners, the mountain is more of a scenic hill. It overlooks the lake and maintains a quaint charm. There are several pathways to ascend the mountain, each one provides a different view should you diverge upon the various paths. Some will take you to a simple…

Historical Loves: Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen

If you read my last post on Historical Loves, you’ll see that it was about Marie Antoinette and her husband, King Louis XVI. While their love was more of compassion and friendship, she did have another love… a fiery and passionate affair. Their love was one that went down in history. She was seen as…

Ghostly Side of Greyfriars Kirkyard

One of the well known kirkyard’s in Edinburgh, Greyfriars Kirkyard is known for Bobby, the dog, inspiring J.K. Rowling, and having its own set of haunting tales. The most influential haunting is Mackenzie’s Poltergeist. Mackenzie’s Poltergeist You can find Mackenzie’s mausoleum on the back left side of the kirk as you enter from the gates…

Historical Loves: King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

As a young girl, Marie Antoinette loved riding horses, being outside, and laughing. She tended to put her studies off, hardly practicing her writing or her other languages. It wasn’t until she learned she would marry Prince Louis that she began to put more efforts into her studies. She was intelligent, but preferred to have…

Half Hangit Maggie

Edinburgh had very harsh rules for anyone who was pregnant. Should you try to conceal your pregnancy you would be tried, found guilty, and hanged. Unfortunately, for Maggie Dickson, she was found guilty. The woman became pregnant by her boss’s son and attempted to conceal the pregnancy. Maggie had her baby prematurely and disposed of…

Historical Loves: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

As a young girl, Victoria spent most of her life living secluded from the others and under the thumb of her mother’s husband. She wanted a life of freedom, not seclusion. She yearned for a chance to make mistakes and follow her heart whether that meant making mistakes or conquering all. At the age of…

Things To Do In Chiang Mai

Chaing Mai was a whirl wind adventure. The trip was spur of the moment and only for a short weekend. I had only been back maybe a week, if not two, from visiting the U.S. and I jumped on another opportunity. Since I arrived in October of 2017, I haven’t seen too many places in…

My Fat Ass In Thailand

How many of you admit you’re chunky? Maybe have a few extra pounds? How many of you call yourself fat? How many of you don’t like talking about it? Most people would agree. In America, we all know we have weight issues; whether too big or too thin. We constantly strive for healthier lives. We…

Dear Edinburgh…

Dear Edinburgh, When I first arrived, I was yearning for a new experience. For years I read of your hauntings, history, and entangling stories. There was Mary Queen of Scots, the witches, the loch, the writers… Your city throngs with famous writers. Each one added to the culture of Scotland or captured it. Robert Louis…

Documents and Course Work Needed to Teach in Thailand

Documents are the most important aspect when it comes to legally teaching abroad. These ensure that you have the credentials to teach English as a second language, are a resident of your home country, and can legally work within the foreign country. Most of the documents aren’t hard to obtain, but they do take time….

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep 

Situated atop the Doi Suthep Mountain in Northern Thailand, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most cherished temples in Northern Thailand. Built in 1386, the shrine and temple was a feat for the times. Each piece of material used to create this master piece was dragged through the thick jungle to the…

A Letter to My Grandparents

Teaching abroad isn’t going to be like what you expected. There will be ups and downs. You’ll feel as if you’re failing all the time. What you think is best for your kids is sometimes impossible to carry out due to the culture.

The one way I’ve been able to release some of the built up stress is writing to my grandparents. They don’t always have access to their emails or Facebook, so the old fashioned letter writing works best. It’s something which needs to come back. There’s more personality to it, and a greater sense of connection.

Here is one of the many letters I have sent back home about how it it’s actually like teaching in Thailand.

It Isn’t My Dream Job…

People say how lucky I am that I’m living my dream. Teaching abroad is what I’ve always wanted to do, right? When I was little, I admit I dreamed of becoming a teacher. Then I later dreamed of becoming a secretary, lawyer, chemist, baker, photographer, writer, publisher… I went to college to pursue my dream…

Fort Worth Stockyards

Everyone who visits Texas wants to see the “cowboy life” and the famous longhorn cattle. All of these are great things, and you can see them in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The area, known as the Union Stockyards, has been a central hub for cattle drives since 1866 when ranchers drove cattle up the Chisholm…

Things to Know Before Living with a Texan Woman

Living with any kind of roommate is hard enough. You have to deal with their personality, their little quirks, not having your own space, and the bickering of who’s cleaning up what. Now take that concept and add in the fact you’re overseas with other cultures. You’re in for a bit more shock than you’re…

Cure-All Answer: Tea

You don’t realize how much you miss something or how much it was a part of you until you taste it once again after several months. Okay, so it’s only been about two and a half months, but it seems like forever. Thailand is known for its tea and boy, is it good, but it’s…

21st Century Learning

Last week, I had to think of a quick activity to do with my kids for 21st Century class. We’ve played hangman, red light / green light, and other simple games, but there needed to be more. On a random whim, I thought of piecing together puzzles to focus on sentence structures and forming words….

Teaching Abroad… Love / Hate Relationship

Teaching… it’s a love / hate relationship. Some days you’re amazed you’re kids are understanding so much material. Then the next day, it all comes crashing down as if nothing had ever happened. Trying to teach a foreign language to kids is hard enough. Add in the fact that you get minimal help, and the…

New 2018 Thailand Calendar!

Here’s the new 2018 Thailand calendar to start your year off right! I know… sounds like every other person selling a calendar doesn’t it? Well, all proceeds from this calendar are going to provide my kids at school with the best education possible. Working as a teacher in Thailand is tougher than you think. Resources…