I am an English Teacher

I usually try to post weekly by Wednesdays but this week I’ve been feeling really uninspired I was just going to skip last week entirely. I’m not sure why I’ve been feeling this way, I suppose stresses about fitting in here, adjusting quickly enough and work pressures have all combined to just make me feel […]

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Happy Holi

I’m excited to write this story. It’s a good one. It’s fun. The day started very early for a Sunday, my alarm woke me up around 6, enough time to get up, get ready, and get across the city in time to catch the bus to the beach. I had had to go to Shenzhen […]

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Red Flower Lake

Last Sunday I took myself on an adventure. I needed to get out of the city and into the greenery of nature. I’d heard lots of good things about the lakes that surround Huizhou. As I’d already visited West Lake, I started planning a trip to Red Flower Lake. I spent a large part of […]

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Initial Expectations – China

What was I expecting before I moved to China? To be honest not that much, partly due to feeling entirely overwhelmed by the whole situation and partly because I had absolutely no idea what to expect. But now that I’ve been here a week I thought I’d reflect on what’s happened so far; what made […]

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Two Months in Naples

Today is a special day, it’s my two monthiversary of my time here in Naples. So, so much has changed, thank god. I met my first obstacle on day one when I had to cross the road. So far I’ve crossed many roads in many countries, all successfully, but this one stressed me out. I […]

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Positan-no

You’ve been here how long, and you still haven’t been to Positano?” After the second person said this to me I decided that Positano had to go on my Naples To-Do List, so on Sunday we rented a moped and started the 60km drive around to the Amalfi Coast. After about an hour, maybe more of swaying on the […]

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Ships Lost At Sand

I shouldn’t be standing where I was. The young boys playing on the crumbling ships shouldn’t be there either. The rusting metal and rotted wood were not designed as climbing frames and pedestals from which to jump. There shouldn’t be seashells crunching under my every footfall. I was walking along the seabed of what used […]

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The Road From (The Gates of) Hell

The bike’s engine was hot next to my leg, the wind was whipping my hair around my face as the spiny vegetation flashed by. This was my first time on a motorbike and I was so excited. We were fly – the driver reached his hand around and grabbed my arse, then moved it down […]

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To Appear is not a Sober King

An interesting title. It was the first rule for an underground lake we’d passed earlier that day, and we found it so funny that it sort of stuck. God knows what it was meant to say, probably some dodgy Google translate about not drinking. Anyway, it’s the title of this blog because when the events […]

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Turkmenistan, As Seen Through the Passenger Window

The fluffy sheep of Dartmoor were long gone, replaced instead by hardy goats that grazed on the side of red desert rocks and camels. Yes, camels. I screamed when I saw the first herd. Camels, not in zoos, not dressed up as a tourist attraction, but wild camels, swinging their heads to watch the screaming […]

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