I never had wanderlust. I never had any desire to even leave the country at all – the UK, in my case. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to go anywhere else. It wasn’t that I thought England was particularly amazing, I just couldn’t see how anywhere else could be any better.
I’ve noticed a flurry of people escaping the bright lights and broken dreams of London recently, myself included. They’ve all got their own reasons, from being fed up of unpaid internships to wanting to live somewhere cheaper or simply feeling they’ve lost the love for the place.
I started teaching English as a second language in Hanoi a few months ago. In that short time, there’s been many epiphanies and many disasters. Some things work a treat in one class and then crash and burn in another. However, I have found a few magical things that work in every class. Here’s some of my favourite teaching resources so far…
I’m in the early stages of my relationship with Vietnam. Things are still all beautiful and rosey, not a sign of a break-up in sight. I’d like to save these moments and the things I love about my new home town, so that when one of those inevitable I-hate-everything days comes along, I can remind myself why I’m here.
So, today was my first visa run for Vietnam. Originally, I intended to use my experience to write a very helpful blog on what the best ways to get a visa in Vietnam are. However, after my disastrous day I’ve decided that I’m absolutely not qualified to be giving tips! Sooo, instead I’m going to tell you what not to do and hopefully you won’t make the same mistakes as me.
Over the past month we’ve been having some pretty freaky weather, here in Vietnam. One day it will be swelteringly hot, the next day there will be a storm so bad that all the trees on your road fall down (literally). Yet, most locals do not seem to consider this to be ‘freak weather’. However, as someone who has grown up in a country where it rains pathetically for about 360 days of the year, I think this weather is pretty crazy. Here’s how to deal with it casually, like a local… Continue reading “How To Deal With Freak Weather In Vietnam Like A Local”
So, a few people have asked me recently, what it’s like to teach in Vietnam. Now, I’m certainly not an expert, in fact I’m pretty new here, but I thought it might be nice to share what I’ve experienced in my first month. At the very least, I can prepare any potential teachers for what will come in the beginning!
I know I recently wrote a blog on the 13 Stages of Driving in Vietnam, but it’s only taken a few weeks more to realise that I have so much more to learn. (So, so much more.) I’m sure I will be adding to this list as I learn even more… If I survive that long.
I’ve only been here a month so it’s still early days, but lessons are coming thick and fast. Here’s a few things I’ve learnt so far:
1. Coffee is really bloody strong here.
Like, ‘I think there were drugs in that coffee’ strong.
2. If there’s a gap, someone will drive through it.
3. People really like to ask how old you are…