Christmas Time in Europe

Christmas time is always a hard time of year to be away from family. Honestly, for the most part, if you asked me where home is, I wouldn’t say Canada, I would tell you where I am now. Of course I always miss my family, and the few friends I have in there, but Canada…

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The Little Things That Nobody Tells You About Life Abroad

There are a lot of things you’ll think about and plan out before you move abroad; you’ll plan how much money to bring along, what jobs are available in the country, and what the currency will be. You’ll look into places to visit, museums to see, what transportation might look like, and what basic words…

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On Teaching Things to Little People

I’ve been asked countless times since I started teaching about what sort of qualifications I’ve got, and then after explaining that I have virtually no teaching qualifications, people ask how I wound up teaching. First off, I don’t have any background in any kind of education. I have an anthropology degree. What I do have…

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A Month in Budapest

So now that I’ve been living in Budapest for a month now, I feel it’s time to share some initial impressions, experiences and suggestions for exploring this beautiful city. First of all, Budapest isn’t a very big city, at least not compared to many of the cities I’ve been in. It’s easy enough to get…

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Looking Back on July 15th, When the Times Started Changing

Tomorrow is July 15, 2017, and marks one year since the attempted coup in Istanbul. A lot can happen in a year. I’ve been away from Istanbul for almost two weeks, and have found myself reflecting a great deal on Istanbul, Turkey, and the events of this year. A lot has happened, times have changed,…

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A Long Weekend in Bulgaria

I haven’t met too many people who have been to Bulgaria, and even less who make it a top travel priority. For me, there was a bit of sentimental value to the place, as my late aunt’s father was from this city. My mother and my aunt were half sisters, and I’m told that my…

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