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Top 5 Moments in 2016

Top 5 Moments in 2016

       Happy New Year to Family and Friends Around the World!!!   As we reflect on the trials and triumphs of the last 12 months, I am reminded that it has been a challenging and exciting year. From new adventures abroad and life lessons around the world, I would like to share what I believe are 2016’s biggest moments. 5-Arriving in Korea After living in West Africa for nearly two years, I was more than excited to leave…

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Life in Henan Province

Life in Henan Province

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD!! Life in Henan is very unique. There aren’t many places left in the world where life moves at a slow and steady, almost methodical pace. The attitude of the people is modern, yet traditional. Their habits and activities are innovative, yet remnant of the past. In this post, I will discuss some of my observations of the people of Henan Province, China. Food is an integral part of life….

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Farewell Korea, Hello Middle Kingdom!

Farewell Korea, Hello Middle Kingdom!

This month marks a new and exciting chapter in my travels. Not long ago, I said farewell to Korea, packed my bags, and headed to the Middle Kingdom for my new teaching job. After countless job inquiries, a couple interviews, and several prayers, I finally came one step closer to my dream job: working with adults in the education field at the university level. Hired by a university in Henan Province, China, I accepted a position of teaching conversational English…

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Time for Thailand II

Time for Thailand II

With a little extra free time on my hands, I decided to take another vacation before beginning my new teaching job. Of course I chose Thailand again, the Land of Smiles. This time I circled my way around the country, making some new friends along the way. During my first trip to Thailand back in July, I didn’t get the chance to explore the lively city, so I spent a few days there. The condo I rented, calm and cozy,…

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Saying farewell to my students

Saying farewell to my students

This month marked the end of my semester teaching my Kindergarten and Elementary School students. While it was hard to say goodbye, the last week of August was quite busy since it was the end of the semester, which meant fun days and lots of snack time! Here’s how we spent our last week together. As I’ve mentioned before, each month we take the Kindergarteners on a field trip to the aquarium, photo shoot, zoo, or whatever fun activity the…

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Time for Thailand

Time for Thailand

For the past several years, Thailand had been on my heart and mind. Seeing photos in travel magazines and hearing stories about the incredible country, I had been dying to see and experience the ‘land of smiles’ for myself. Finally, the opportunity presented itself this month during summer vacation. A whopping seven day break from work (a far cry from the two month break in the States, but you take what you can get, right?) saw me flying to what…

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Memorial Day Weekend in Busan

Memorial Day Weekend in Busan

After all the excitement of last month’s Rotary International Convention and the busy and hectic work week, I was more than grateful for Memorial Day weekend. This was technically the first day off we’d had since the school year began in March, and three months in, I was dying for some recuperation time. Rather than stay in my room for the long weekend, I decided to venture out to Busan. Busan, which was my first choice for living and working…

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Volunteering at the 2016 Rotary International Convention

Volunteering at the 2016 Rotary International Convention

Nothing prepared me for the amazing time I had at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in South Korea. When I took this job, I did not know I would be living and working in the backdoor of the Convention festivities. And I certainly didn’t expect to be a volunteer for the weekend! For newcomers to my blog, and Rotary International is one of the largest service clubs in the world. Their motto is “Service Above Self” and they achieve this…

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Time with my coworkers and students

Time with my coworkers and students

  The cool weather finally broke this month, and I was able to shed my winter boots and jacket for my Ghanaian dresses and sandals. I’ve also been able to get to know my school ‘team’ a little better. I like to think of my class and Korean co-teacher as a team. Sometimes I forget as I working, lesson planning and teaching that a lot is expected of my six-year olds as well as my Korean, co-teacher, and that we’re…

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Getting Legit in Japan

Getting Legit in Japan

March has been a month of firsts. My first month teaching in Asia, teaching primary and elementary school, living in a city, and many more I can’t even remember. Seoul is a huge city. Everywhere you turn there are people caught up in the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. There’s is no quiet place here but in my apartment, and even then the rucks of the outside world penetrates the think walls. The first week of school was…

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