Teaching English in Thailand, Traveling, Bone-Dry Humor, Other Stuff Too

Losing My Voice, Or, Infection and Re...

Losing My Voice, Or, Infection and Reflection
If there is one thing I’ve discovered whilst living abroad and travelling, it’s bacteria. I remember walking around the hospital in Lopburi last year, approaching different people and croaking “sore throat,” and “Do you speak English?” in Thai. Those were the only relevant things I knew how to say. I tried to smile a lot and be patient durin [...]

Let Me Espain

Let Me Espain
Logroño For those who’ve asked me or wondered what it’s like to transition into living and working abroad in different countries, how things fall into place, how I get settled, or just how to be an optimal human, here’s how it all went down in Spain. Because I think it illustrates the way these things typically go (based on my experience), as [...]

The Journey North

The Journey North
Part of a 34k hike through Whakarewarewa Forest I’ve been refraining from doing this, but I’ll start with a quote this time. This comes from Walden, one of two books I brought with me from home and still haven’t traded for another. You’ve surely read this before, or at least been told to. “In our most trivial wal [...]

Things I Could Never Make Up

Things I Could Never Make Up
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 [...]

New Zealand

New Zealand
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 [...]

The Loose Ends of an Era (Part 2)

The Loose Ends of an Era (Part 2)
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 [...]

The Loose Ends of an Era (Part 1)

The Loose Ends of an Era (Part 1)
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 [...]

Another Brick in the Wall

What a classroom looks like after I teach
  I lean back a little further in the 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 recal [...]

Weekend Excursions, “Impossible...

Weekend Excursions, “Impossible” Connections, Sentimental Drivel
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 [...]

Learnin’ the Chitlins

Learnin’ the Chitlins
  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 [...]