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Vietnam

To make the most out of a two month hiatus from school in March and April, Phil and I decided to plan a few different trips, including one to Vietnam. Since I have been living in Thailand, it has been one of my goals to see not only as much of Thailand as possible, but as much of the countries that neighbor us as well.  Read more…

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Suphanburi

Located about 2 hours northwest of Bangkok, Suphan Buri (สุพรรณบุรี) is one of Thailand’s 76 provinces. Within the Suphan Buri province, I live in the town of Suphanburi. While this sounds confusing, it is actually fairly typical for provinces and towns within Thailand to share the same name. I enjoy living in Suphanburi because I feel like my experience of Thailand is much more genuine.  Read more…

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Benefits & Challenges of Living Abroad

Life in Thailand is very different (this was to be expected of course), but it is by no means bad or worse than the USA. Like any typical “life changing” situation, I have learned so much more about myself and what I am capable of. I am completely outside of my comfort zone and I love it. Here is a list I have prepared about the good and bad aspects of teaching and living abroad (in Thailand particularly). Read more…

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What I Should Have Packed

While I was in college, I went backpacking in Italy alone one summer. In the process, I learned a lot about the importance of packing lightly. Although living abroad for one year is very different than hostel hopping for three weeks, I learned how to distinguish necessities from what could be left behind for the sake of a lighter bag. Read more…

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Health Food in Thailand

My biggest challenge (without a doubt) in Thailand has been eating healthy. For some reason or the other, I had this idea fixated in my head that being a vegetarian/health nut/tree hugger/gym bunny in Thailand would be effortless. Well, I was wrong. Read more…

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Teaching in Thailand

I would like to dedicate this post to teaching abroad. So far, I have done a lot of writing about my travels in Thailand, but I have yet to touch on my experience teaching. In my first blog post, I explain the reasons behind why I wanted to teach abroad. Now, I would like to explain my job and daily life as an English Teacher. Since I have spent the majority of my life as a student, it has been especially interesting being on the “other side” of the classroom. Read more…

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Christmas in Thailand

I have been learning lately— home is a feeling, not a place. Although I was away from my family and in a foreign country this holiday season, this Christmas will always be special to me. Since Thailand is a primarily Buddhist country, Christmas is celebrated, but not considered a national holiday. Therefore, Phil and I had work on Christmas Day (Friday). Read more…

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Phuket

One of the many benefits of teaching abroad is the ability to travel during free time. December 5th is the King of Thailand’s birthday (also known as Dad’s Day). The following week, the students at our school had mandatory testing and a camping trip. Read more…