My phone buzzed in my jacket pocket. It’s mom. She’s wondering if I heard about this new virus that’s spreading in China. Wear a mask and be careful, she wrote. … Continue reading One teacher’s worry of the effects from the novel coronavirus
China is my do-over. It’s my “let’s get it right this time.” When I went abroad for the first time last year, I lived in UAE, muddling through, floundering about– … Continue reading Why Expats Should Accept Every Invite During Their First Month Abroad
“Whew, guys. I’m shattered, absolutely knackered,” I told my friends, pausing for a reaction. Nothing. Not even a grin. As a lover of language, I had been taking note of … Continue reading How to Make the Most of a Day Inside Petra
My first day was absolutely unforgiving. Like, pack my bags, fire up the taxi, I’m going back home–rough. Yeah. I can laugh it off now because I’ve fully recovered, but … Continue reading My life in Dalian, China after two weeks
I will admit it: I never thought I’d move to China. For whatever reason, China never enticed me the way other countries and cultures have, yet here I am. Suspense … Continue reading I’m Moving to China!
If you dream of bobbing in the Dead Sea, hiking in Petra, shopping in Dubai, or savoring the history in Tel Aviv, then you’re not alone. Perhaps the Middle East … Continue reading 20 Helpful Arabic Words to Make Your Trip to the Arab World Easy
The Lowest Depths on Earth It was over a hot cup of coffee when my good friend, Bree, invited me and two other friends on a trip to the ancient … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of My Float in the Dead Sea
So, where’s St. Louisiana? I don’t know. Do you? Of the twenty new teachers in my summer 2018 cohort, I was the only North American. Everyone else came from the … Continue reading The Girl From St. Louisiana: Secrets of Expat Life in UAE
I’ve somehow summoned energy to binge train–and I don’t mean just a couple miles each day– I mean train hard. At least a 5k and preferably a pace no slower than 27 minutes. I don’t miss a day. I push my body beyond its limits. Everything in my body aches. I wonder how sore I’ll be before the Furry 5k, so I…
Haven’t we all pretended to be better than tourists? As if we somehow fit into that level above. That’s because the stigma around “tourists” isn’t good. I once heard the … Continue reading Why it’s Okay to be a Tourist: While Traveling to Savannah, Georgia with my Mother
I finally invited my mother to travel with me, and I didn’t regret it–not even once. Well, maybe. Just kidding, mom; I know you’re reading this. I figured, why not … Continue reading Why You Should Always Read the Hotel Reviews: While Traveling to Savannah, Georgia with My Mother
As a chubby blonde-haired girl, running through woods, grass, and gravel around my house was stressful. Rather than getting grounded and having my phone taken away for a couple weeks, I was forced to run laps.