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…

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…

Vaccinations for Thailand

Before visiting Thailand, you need to update a lot of your vaccinations. You can do it when you arrive or before you leave. Doing it in Thailand is significantly cheaper, but you will have to find time soon after you arrive to have all the vaccinations. I was crazy and spent the money to have…

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…

Take The Break! Fun 21st Century Videos!

Sometimes when you’re a teacher, everything seems to go wrong. The kids are rowdy, they randomly cry, they’re dancing everywhere, or they’re not listening. It was like this for the first two weeks. I’m getting used to the kids, and they’re getting used to me. But I’ve slowly found something that clicks for a majority…

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…

It Takes One Semester

As a kid, I contemplated becoming a teacher. I played with toy animals teaching them and my little brother. It’s what thought I wanted to do, but I found other dreams more exciting as I grew up; such as, becoming a writer.   Becoming a writer didn’t pan out very well, but it looks like…

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…

Scout Day at School

Last Thursday was Scout Day at the school. I never knew how prevalent it was until I came here. To be honest, I didn’t even fathom Thailand having something like that. You see it all the time in America, but not a whole lot in other places; yet, I know they’re out there. Every Thursday…

Reality of Being a Teacher

When you’re in front of a class teaching so many things run through your head. They don’t want to be here. Their body is here, but their mind is in space. They love learning! Oh, they got it! Oh, they did not understand whatsoever… That’s what you picked up on???  I can’t tell you how…

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…

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…

Heart and Soul of Texas: Top Country Songs

Travelling for several months at a time can make you miss home. You may not want to go back at the moment, but there are brief times when you remember the good memories there. I never really put too much thought into being born and raised in Texas, but the more I travel I realize…

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A Photo Sparks A Million Memories…

There’s always going to be a time when you miss someone from the past; whether it’s a good friend, a toxic relationship, or the love of your life. Looking through photos has brought back so many memories. Two years ago, I was in a toxic relationship. Yes, it wasn’t always good, but we did have…