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INDIA | Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | Views [772] | Comments [2]

I have a love/hate relationship with the long Summer break. I love the prospect of it: I love the relaxation, rejuvenation and recharging that my body gets as school's pressure is relieved. I love the new adventures ahead, and I love being able to sleep ... Read more >

The next generation of travel writers

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | Views [1069]

I’ve been teaching my Year 8s travel writing to see out the year. It’s fun, creative, I love it and the kids really have a lot to share. I like to think that I'm contributing ot the travel world by developing the next generation of intrepid travel writers.... Read more >

Creating a whole new atmosphere

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | Views [844] | Comments [3]

In teaching, every now and then you have one of those days where it feels like it’s all worth it and that they’re actually listening. Today is one of them. I’ve fled through a stack of fifty papers in the past two days, all creative writing, and ... Read more >

On expat children in Dubai

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 4 Jun 2011 | Views [1644] | Comments [2]

The thing that cuts me up most about my students is that they're victims of circumstance. I constantly struggle with the idea that their parents have decided to meet the commitments of work and lifestyle by jetting around the world and not allowing ... Read more >

Should Cinderella have gone to the ball?

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | Views [2178]

Not exactly travel talk, but it's all a part of the experience. Trust my students to turn a fairy tale into a discussion of rape, murder and the influence on children. I've either been with them too long and brainwashed them, or taught them too well.... Read more >

A lesson in autobiographies

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Monday, 30 May 2011 | Views [826] | Comments [2]

Here in Dubai, my students provide some of the greatest satisfaction of my lifestyle. Every day they astound me and I am constantly fascinated to learn more about their lives, histories and experiences. Most classes will have students from more than ... Read more >

Some things I'm looking forward to

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 15 May 2011 | Views [953] | Comments [2]

I’m going to be brutally honest here; I’ve got a nine-week school break coming up, and I really would love to spend it somewhere totally alien. It would be awesome. Spin the hypothetical travel bottle and plonk myself in a random country, scope it ... Read more >

What's on my bucket list?

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | Views [2606] | Comments [1]

At the end of 2007, I ended a long, toxic and stagnant relationship. I was young and unsure I if I could cope on my own. I had never spent long enough learning to be me; to be strong, independent and to find my own way in the world. I found strength in ... Read more >

A Dubai weekday - what's it like?

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Thursday, 5 May 2011 | Views [2252] | Comments [3]

Thinking about it, I can't really say an average working weekday in Dubai is much different from Australia, especially in terms of being a teacher. I picked a Wednesday, as we all know Wednesdays are average and boring, and this week, ... Read more >

When the lifestyle choices catch up

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | Views [1291]

Why you should not run a marathon and then go hiking in India reason #47. I don't really think I need to explain this one. Between my lost toenail and my second parasite in six months, I'm a worldwide collector of some of the less glamorous parts ... Read more >

A challenge? Watch me go...

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 30 Apr 2011 | Views [1095] | Comments [3]

To the wonderful adopted Mums in my life: this was not intended for tears. Put those tissues away. Today, it has been twelve years since my Mum passed away. This year, I feel more of an impact than I did when I hit the ten year ... Read more >

Photos: Everyday Life in Dubai

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | Photo Gallery

Snapshots from weekends and fun stuff....
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How much can you eat in one sitting?

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 23 Apr 2011 | Views [1347]

Brunch. Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch. That’s how I learned it when I was young. It was that kind of event that you had to skip your breakfast for - a time where I would develop from hungry to ‘hangry’, as I don’t like to be kept ... Read more >

Tags: culture, dubai, food

Everyone loves an anniversary

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | Views [1591] | Comments [7]

Today is an anniversary. Predominantly, it marks three years since the day I began dating the man I will spend the rest of my life with. That’s a pretty big deal, and there’s a lot more of that journey still to come, including the actual ‘getting married’ ... Read more >

Dreams of driving in Dubai

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | Views [1378]

At 5.20pm tonight I was chopping baby chat potatoes in my kitchen, loading up a tray with yummy vegetables to roast, and pondering the state of my daily routine.   I had already unloaded my work stuff, read the newspaper, checked my emails, ... Read more >

Tags: driving, dubai, thoughts

Photos: In Love with India

INDIA | Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | Photo Gallery

Nine days in India was nowhere enough time to take in enough of the cultural wonderland that abounds. I travelled with seventeen students from my school, who were embarking on the adventure of a lifetime to complete the Duke of Edinburgh expedition. There ... Read more >
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The journey of a thousand steps starts with 35km

INDIA | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | Views [677] | Comments [1]

Today, I walked 35 kilometres. I did it carrying a 12 kilo pack. I was supposed to have walked only 20 kilometres, pack free. HAR-HAR. The disorganisation of the night before continued as I embarked upon the morning’s ... Read more >

Steamy hot rooms and a semi final

INDIA | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | Views [595]

March 30, 2011. Tapola River Camp. I could feel the sweat building up at the nape of my neck and my singlet was beginning to stick to my back. That itchy feeling from sitting on a hard surface for too long was irritating me and I kept ... Read more >

Rafting, hot tea and a camping epiphany

INDIA | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Views [626]

I’m finishing the day sitting on the bare floor of my tent, with my torch hooked to the roof, sleeping bag rolled out next to me, and backpack shoved underneath it in some attempt to create something akin to a pillow for the night. It’s been ... Read more >

On a complete lack of culture shock

INDIA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [546]

Kundalika River Camp, 3.30pm I’m watching the kids be put through their paces in team building exercises. They’re challenged and on the verge of breaking at times. I am often very glad that I am no longer the student; constantly ... Read more >

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