The India Diaries: Goa

Mumbai Pink Eye In India, getting sick is like stepping in cow shit: inevitable. The only uncertainty is when it will strike. For me, it happened just as I was leaving Mumbai. I started to feel something like a cold coming on, but didn’t think much of it. The worst of it struck, as Murphy’s…

The India Diaries: Mumbai

My idea of travel planning is reading fiction from whichever country I’m going to, and for no other place was I as well prepared as I was for India. For years I’ve devoured books about India. The whole reason I wanted to come to India in the first place is a book I read that…

Meeting People Abroad

  Today’s article is written for the Reach To Teach Teach Abroad Blog Carnival, a monthly series that focuses on providing helpful tips and advice to ESL teachers around the globe. The host for this month is Reach to Teach, here you can find other similar articles. I’ll be posting a new ESL related article to…

Turkey

Istanbul Roisin and I arrived in Istanbul on the last Wednesday in August. It was hot and muggy, sea salt in the air, and the noise was palpable; everywhere there were Turkish men yelling at each other (well, just conversing but the Turkish language is a passionate one). As a reward for our big trek…

September Reach to Teach Blog Carnival

This is the September edition of the Reach to Teach – Teach Abroad Blog Carnival. It’s a monthly series that provides helpful tips to ESL teachers around the globe. If you would like to get involved in next month’s carnival, please get in touch with Dean at dean@reachtoteachrecruiting.com This month, I’ve been given the opportunity…

Language Barriers

When you travel, unless you are a polyglot or have the babel fish from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in your ear, you will have to deal with language barriers. Even when travelling in a country that uses the same language as yours, there are often barriers — mostly in terms of idioms and…

Roots & Wings

Putting down roots so that they may spread their wings Part Two: The Karakol Projects The driving force behind the six-day hike we did in the Northern Himalayas, along part of the Silk Road, was to raise funds for the Roots & Wings projects in Karakol. We are thrilled to have raised over $51,000. Once again,…