The Present Perfect


As I sit here in my Budapest hotel room on the eve of my departure for Bangkok, I’m reflecting on one of the best summers I can remember. My only goal for this summer was to spend some time in Italy before I move so far away and can no longer just “pop over” for the weekend. While I originally imagined my holidays being mostly alone time hanging out on the beach,… Read More

This week’s interview is with Stephanie, a first-grade teacher in Hong Kong. Stephanie is another friend that I met in the Literacy Coach Cohort. We discovered that we actually have a fun “small world” connection. Stephanie taught in Guatemala with Kelly who I met while traveling in Guatemala in 2007. (Kelly was just about to start her international teaching career when we met and she’s still at the same school today!) Kelly… Read More

This week I bring you Sarah who left my school last year after nine years in Budapest to move with her family to Lima. It was so fun to interview her and get a glimpse into her new life in Peru. She is definitely missed here in Budapest! Where are you now and what are you currently teaching? We live in Lima, Peru. I’m here with my family: My husband is the Middle… Read More

I think Venice is one of those cities that for most people is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of place. Unlike Paris or Florence, I never hear of someone falling in love with the city and returning over and over again. Venice has a very romantic, fantasy appeal to it, so that maybe once you’ve experienced it you don’t really need to go back anymore. Or maybe it’s the throngs of tourists in the… Read More

. . . to that time in March when I went to Istanbul for the weekend but never got around to editing my photos. Yeah, I’m a little behind in the photo department this year. I actually went on a weekend trip last month and deliberately left my camera at home because I didn’t want to have to deal with yet MORE pictures to edit. And now in less than 36 hours… Read More

Today’s interview features my dear friend Jodi whom I met during my time in Beirut. Jodi is actually not a teacher, but a school guidance counselor, and thus has a unique perspective on the world of international schools. I’m quite jealous of her current posting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a place I’d love to visit, if not stay for longer. Where are you now and what are you currently teaching? I’m finishing… Read More

There’s nothing like a long stretch of traveling to make you really appreciate home. Wherever that home may be. After eight weeks of constant movement, constant change, constant adaptation, I really started to long for the familiarity of home. For meals cooked in my own kitchen, my own bed and sheets, and conversations with old friends. My life in Beirut. It’s funny how the shift happens. Last year I lived in Beirut… Read More

The scene: 8:00am at a noodle stand with a view of the temples of Angkor Wat. A big steaming bowl of noodle soup in front of me and the anticipation of finally seeing the temples up close. Enter a young Cambodian boy, maybe 11 or 12 years old. Boy: Where are you from? Me: California. Boy: Oooh, the capital Sacramento. Me: Yes! I’m from Sacramento! Boy: That means U.S.A. Obama. Me: Yes,… Read More

Expectations: the funny thing about them is the less you have, the more likely you are to be pleasantly surprised. This was certainly the case with my visit to Phnom Penh. I had no idea about what to expect of Cambodia’s capital city but put it on my short Cambodia itinerary because it was a stop over on the way to Siem Reap which I had heard plenty about. Perhaps it was… Read More

Visiting one of the floating markets in Vietnam was one of the things I knew I wanted to do on my travels in Southeast Asia (perhaps the only thing I had in mind, really). I think maybe I’d seen a picture of it somewhere, on the cover of a guidebook, perhaps? I didn’t know much about the floating markets, actually, but I had an image in my mind of what it would… Read More