It’s been a while – blah blah post..

It’s been a while since I posted, but I’ve been following as many blogs as I could via my phone. I was clearly having a case of winter blues, probably during the transition from summer *blink and you missed it, seriously* to winter.

But, I’m starting to feel a little better and more energetic and hopeful about things, so hopefully I will start to write again.

My contract has been extended to end of January, which is fantastic and I’ll be moved onto a new team with a very high possibility of being taken on permanently. This is great news, seeing as I was only there for a few months as a temp and with the job situation here very dire.. but, I can’t still help thinking about how much I want to teach abroad. But, I guess I need to save again first and really think about what I want and need to do.. after all, I’m not getting any younger.

So now I’m out of the blues.. I’m really enjoying being able to wear scarf’s and woolly jumpers without being told “Why are you wearing that, it’s not winter yet”. it’s now November – it’s definitely winter!


Travel Theme: Foliage

This week’s travel theme: Foliage courtesy of Where’s my backpack – Check out her blog!

A collection of foliage from my travels…

Walking with ducks:


The river Thames:


Walking on the road to nowhere:


Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

“One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a recluse.”

These are perhaps words most people think of upon hearing the word “Solitary” and this is usually reflected in such pictures as the one i’ve chosen here:


Also here:


I’d like to think he’d been sat somewhere deeply thinking quietly in this eerie quiet spot located in a busy city.


Sometimes, I person doesn’t need to be in a solitary position to feel alone.
You put yourself into a completely unknown and unfamiliar place – you can be surrounded by people and feel completely alone at the same time.

Your most embarrassing moment…

We all need to be able to laugh at ourselves now and then and sometimes at each other.
So, as a way to spread some laughter, I’d love you to share your most embarrassing story/stories.

I will start with my own…

I’ll never forget the first time I went travelling to Asia and had to use a squat toilet. I was travelling on a coach to Lahore and there was a rest room break.


I strolled into the toilets, looked at this hole in the ground and didn’t understand how to “use” it. This was the first time I’d seen a squat toilet, as most of the hotels had western style toilets.

Casually I strolled back out towards the bus and went to find someone to “help me”.

I found someone, then found a small group of people, then….

there was a roar of giggling and then a line of people squatted down on the ground, to demonstrate what I had to do.

Which was perhaps the most embarrassing moment up until…

Bangladesh in Monsoon season, checked the weather, the sky was clear and the sun was beating down.
Out I stroll in white salwar pants and a white dress…

*Start monsoon downpour*

Oh, I’m also wearing purple underwear.

“Why do you hate me God, why.”

Not even the cover of darkness could cover my redder then the sun face of embarrassment.

So, who else is willing to share??

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday life

Krakow – Poland

I can’t remember how I found this shop in Poland, but it was the BEST gift shop in the entire place!!  Totally unique and with the sweetest shop keeper you could ever meet – couldn’t speak a word of English, nor I Polish, but we got by on smiles and gestures.

She let me take a photo of her and her shop.

This is her everyday life.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

A wonderful day trip with some of my students (and their friends) to the Indian border.
It was a shame more of the girl’s couldn’t join us, however their parent’s didn’t allow them to travel due to the distance.

I’ve chosen this as my Near and Far photo for two reasons:

1. We were far from the village I was living at the time.

2. These were the students I built the closest friendships with.