Andrew Mitton

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Andrew Mitton

I am currently teaching English in South Korea but have spent much of my life travelling. Starting with a kibbutz in Isreal in 1989, I have lived in the States, Australia and Netherlands. I am from England, brought up in Lancashire but also lived in Liverpool for 7 years. I have travelled extensively through Asia, Northern and Central American, Europe, Asia and also touched upon Northern Africa.



Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 21st 2009

In June of 1993, whilst travelling around Australia I find myself in an extremely weary place. This place is so weary that I can only imagine that it was crafted by the Devils own hand on the day that he realised that his arch enemy had miraculously resurrected. Tully is a small town in Northern Queensland. The only reason to go there is to work in either the sugar cane or banana plantations for which it is famed. It was the latter of these 2 reasons that brought me and Little Andy in this direction. The travellers grapevine had imparted us with the knowledge that Tully was the place to repair the financial damage inflicted in Cairns. We were not the first backpackers to arrive there for these reasons and I doubt very much that we ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangnam-do » Changwon May 20th 2009

What a day! The day started with a fanfare from an army division in full regalia. This included one troupe that were in a traditional uniform and did this weird dancing that resembled the whirling dirvishes of Turkey. A full scale marching band paraded across the sports field throwing their rifles in the air and catching them in sort of little dance routine. I was awakened to the grandiose affair by the fanfare and emerged from my office to be confronted with thousands of parents and kids. The kids were all up one end and when they spotted me they errupted into spontaneous cheering and chanting of my name (it's easy to feel like a rock star over here). I did a little bow and took my place in the first aid tent. A long speech ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangnam-do » Changwon May 20th 2009

Warning, living in Korea can serioulsy inflate your ego. You could be the spawn of John Merrick and still be told that you are "a handsome man" on a daily basis. Granted this is generally by 10 year old boys but hey at my age, i'll take any compliments that are sent in my direction. Then there is the ritual parade through the village. Recently I have taken to wearing my headphones so that I don't have to endure the chanting of my name anymore. The novelty of rockstar status soon wears thin let me tell you, in fact ask Victoria Beckham (hang on , bad example). I would like think that it is just me but I am assuming that is not. The kids in this country seriously love the the English speaking foreigner. I ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangnam-do » Changwon May 20th 2009

My colleagues decide to take me out for a meal which in actual fact turns out to be an apology for missing my birthday the previous week. Their reasoning for the event goes unspoken and is only unravelled by my intense questioning upon their reluctance to let me pay for any of the bill. We go to a hotel into Changwon, a venue which is famous for childrens first birthday celebrations ( a major event in Korea). The location is far classier to that, that I am accostomed and is also packed to capacity, as I am informed is the case every day. Thankfully my co-teachers have taken note of my vegetarianism and opted for a buffet style meal with lots of meatless options. Although we are still waiting for one latecomer, we take our plates ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 20th 2009

In June of 1993, whilst travelling around Australia I find myself in an extremely weary place. This place is so weary that I can only imagine that it was crafted by the Devils own hand on the day that he realised that his arch enemy had miraculously resurrected. It had not been my intention to come to Tully, indeed until a few days before my arrival I had not even heard of the place. However, as often happens when a person is travelling, plans are liable to change at short notice, often as a result of a slab of beer or cask of wine with the right people. The original plan had been to spend a few months in the more convivial surroundings of Cairns. These plans were soon scuppered though when my friend Andy (Little ... read more




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