After I got fired from the restaurant, I stayed two more weeks in Kaikoura working at the hostel, getting back into running, going to the beach, and writing. In the following three weeks after I left, I started a meandering trip to Queenstown, then to Wanaka, then back to Queenstown. I blew through the money I’d saved up in Kaikoura; got my f [...]
I’ve been in New Zealand since early April, seeing some of the best scenery of my life and meeting interesting people. Here’s what I’ve written about my time here so far.
On the trail up Mount Fyffe, Kaikoura
Eight months ago, in the early stages of my travels, I checked into a hostel in Krabi, Thailand. As I lugged my stuff into the dorm, th [...]
Floating Muslim village in Pha Nga Bay, Thailand
For busy roads and highways in Thailand there are stairs on either side leading up to footbridges for pedestrians to cross. We are on one. It’s about 7:25 a.m. and the relentless sun is already burning me through the morning haze of Lopburi. I’ve showered and shaved and put on my fancy teachin [...]
This seemed like the best way of encapsulating what it’s been like the last couple months. I chose nine different scenes to focus on. Some are broken into multiple parts and scattered around, and some only contain one segment. Nothing is really in order, including pictures.
I’m wedged into a small seat on a little orange bus somewh [...]
I lean back a little further in chair, halfheartedly moving my face and head further from the pool of drool gathering in my student’s mouth, in case it finally drips out. There’s got to be a quarter-cup of drool on those lips. I’m surprised I don’t see little bugs hydroplaning across them, frantically recalling [...]
It took me a long damn time to find this trail head, but I’d been waiting so long to find a good hiking trail that I was willing to put in some effort. When I got here, I had swiped the last available seat on any train from Lopburi to Chiang Mai, taken said train for 13 hours, taken a taxi to my hostel, wandered the streets between 4 a [...]
Kids are pretty weird. So, luckily, I’ve been able to get along with them okay. If I can get the little rascals’ attention for close to 60 % of a lesson, they can grasp what I’m doing, and they are mine.
Adapting to the spicy food and the exotic food (“exotic,” being generously euphemistic in this case) f [...]
So… This Happened…
So there I was, dressed in a rapidly disintegrating felt Santa costume with an old Arsenal jersey underneath to stick to the color theme, leading a few hundred students in red around a busy traffic roundabout for the Sports Day Parade, accompanied by some school faculty dressed as American cowboys. This i [...]
One of the few redeeming qualities of my nokia lumia cell phone was the camera. About four weeks ago it stopped working, so I haven’t been able to take any pictures since then. Perfect for a young traveler in an aesthetically intense land. I’m going to buy a camera soon, so I promise to post some pictures of my students and my sch [...]
After two days and one night in Bangkok, I decided to get away immediately. The reality that I was abroad and would be for a long time, the dumping rain, the immediate feeling of isolation, and the uncertainty of the conditions I would face at work all made me anxious. I found myself asking, “What am I doing?” in a way I never cou [...]