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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Balloons and Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

There aren’t too many places I’ve been where I feel as though I’ve stepped onto another world. I feel that welcome unfamiliarity when I’m diving at times, but I can’t recall another time on land that I’ve felt that I was in a place so foreign as I did in Cappadocia. Although it is only…

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Boating in Oman

From Dubai the border to Oman is a relatively short drive in various directions, and to the Sha’am border in the northern tip of Oman it takes about two hours. The drive is easy and smooth, and there is a whole bunch of seemingly unending desert to stare aimlessly into on the way. The drive…

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