“I’m American,” and Other Untrue Statements I Say in Vietnam

First Classes are always nerve-wracking. You want to establish a good rapport with your new students, yet you also want to it make clear your rules and expectations. After six months of post-CELTA teaching, I was finally beginning to settle upon a good routine for a First Class. I’d found an engaging introduction game on…

The Worst Class You’ll Ever Dread Teaching

The draft of this post was written last Saturday night. I delayed posting it until I could finish and edit it. Is it too soon into the reincarnation of the blog to post about something that’s just made me cry? Maybe–yet here I am, six hours before I have to wake up again to begin…

October 2015 Goals

Before each month I set three Goals for myself to complete by the end of the month. These goals are things that make me happy, that I’ve intended to do, but needed that extra little push to get started on. The Monthly Goals are not to guilt myself into doing administrative duties that I’ve been putting…

Reincarnating the Not-So-Travel-Blog

I’m back. Well, I hope to be. After several attempts to maintain an updated travel blog, I think I shall have to give up on the idea. The thought of writing a travel blog feels, surprisingly, too constrained for me. It’s true that I love travel, and that in the past year I’ve made it a…

Visiting Keukenhof

Even the most casual of nature lovers can appreciate the beauty of Keukenhof–that famous garden in the Netherlands that is only open for two months in the spring and dazzles millions of visitors every year with its stunning display of flowers. Since I was visiting the Netherlands during Keukenhof’s prime weeks, there was no way…