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Published: October 8th 2008
I am not really sure whether I qualify as a travel blog at the moment. At the end of 1992 I left the UK to start teaching in Botswana. I loved teaching there and it gave me back a joy of teaching that had been worn down after 13 years of poor student behaviour and UK government interference. What should be a vocation had become a job to earn a living although at the time I did not realise that.
Leaving for Botswana opened my eyes. Whilst I had never considered myself myopic in the UK, just stepping out into the freedom that Botswana offered rejuvenated me, and I can remember a youthful joy that I had long since last in the repression of UK society.
Unfortunately that rejuvenation had a counter-sign in that staying in Botswana gradually began to stagnate me. Combined with a need to sure up my finances I looked into international schools. I first went to Oman - a dreadful school, then Bahrain - even worse. I had a great teaching year in China that was ended with personal and professional complications. After a year back in the UK, which confirmed my worst feelings concerning the decline of a civilised lifestyle there, I went to work in Nigeria - again an awful school.
International school teaching gave me a tremendous opportunity to travel, and whilst in the schools I was able to contribute educationally the prevailing profiteering and careerism that exists in the schools made such very difficult.
All my photos can be seen at
My picture index
and includes links to:-
THAILAND & CAMBODIA
CHINA, TIBET & NEPAL
BAHRAIN & OMAN
BOTSWANA & ZIMBABWE & Lagos
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