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

Another Brick in the Wall

What a classroom looks like after I teach
  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 [...]

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 [...]

Sports Day and My Santa Claus Fantasy

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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 [...]

My Students

My Students
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 [...]

Krabi and Travels in Southern Thailan...

Railay Beach
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 [...]

Lopburi

Lopburi
Sakow Circle in Lopburi   How can I best describe the city I live in? It’s like a highway. Lopburi is made up of a “new town” and an “old town,” connected by a major, six-lane highway that runs through the city and is constantly flowing with traffic. I live in new town, where basically everything is built al [...]

Ready, Set, Teach

Ready, Set, Teach
Part of my school from the outside On my first day of teaching, I was taken into a room, along with three other foreign teachers. We sat in a row facing across the table towards a row of school directors who spoke among themselves in Thai for over an hour, occasionally prodding the head of the school’s English department–the only [...]

One Month Gone

One Month Gone
I’ve been in Thailand for a month and one day, and I’ve got to say–where are all the cheeseburgers and lawsuits? One month feels more like two or three. I started out in Bangkok, went way down to Krabi, boated over to Koh Phangan, started my orientation in Lopburi, took a trip to Hua Hin, came back through Bangkok, and fina [...]