“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
I am invigorated by the smells and sounds and tastes of new cultures, and almost daily I have an urge to close my eyes, spin the globe, and buy a plane ticket to wherever my finger lands....next up is...wait for it....
This is my first time "blogging", and I'm loving it so far! I'm a 25 year old (soon to be 26..eek!) Professor of English at a technical University in western Japan- I went to grad school full-time and simultaneously had a full-time job teaching English to adult refugees in my state of Vermont and a night waitressing job at the Bearded Frog restaurant. Needless to say, I worked really hard right out of college and got my Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and now it's time to reward myself (a bit!)
Why a TESOL degree? I've asked myself so many times, haha, but I knew I wanted to travel and see more of the world, and this degree has opened so many doors that I never could have imagined!! Besides living in Japan every day, one of the best parts of my job is paid vacation time!!! And a lot of it!!! This past February and March (2012) I travelled around Thailand, Cambodia and Bali by myself (thank you very much)-- it was amazing and I cannot wait to explore more of Southeast Asia!! I am always looking to share experiences and learn from people who have travelled these paths before me-- please follow/comment/share if you are intrigued by anything I post!!