Excerpt 12: Time to move on from Salvador!
May07

Excerpt 12: Time to move on from Salvador!

I always find it hard to move on from a country where I’ve been teaching English. While I taught English around the world I built up a real connection with all the places I lived in. Of course there were a few things that normally did my head, but most of the memories I have of living abroad were happy ones. Here’s the next excerpt from my book about when I had to leave Brazil. I can’t believe that was almost ten...

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Excerpt 11: Life-changing students
Dec26

Excerpt 11: Life-changing students

I find it amusing when people who have read my book comment on the fact that I didn’t speak enough about the locals I met while on my TEFL adventure around the world. Do they not realise that students and other teachers count as locals? My trip would never have been as life changing had I not been influenced by the local people I met on the way.  What follows is an excerpt from when I started to settle in Salvador, Brazil....

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Excerpt 9: Would you live in a house with 15 people?
Jul03

Excerpt 9: Would you live in a house with 15 people?

I lived with some absolute nutters on my trip teaching English around the world. The craziest house I stayed at was in Brazil, Salvador. By the time I got to Brazil, I was pretty skint so I had to make do with the best I could find. A Nigerian English teacher, Murphy, who I’d met while job hunting, suggested I live with him. He didn’t say anything about the other 15 people until I was on the way though. Here’s the...

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Excerpt 8: From High to Low in Rio de Janeiro!
Jun01

Excerpt 8: From High to Low in Rio de Janeiro!

What follows is an excerpt from my book about the most shocking and scary part of my trip while teaching English around the world. To put you in the picture, I’d just had an amazing time in Rio de Janeiro. I’d bumped into an old University mate and had a brilliant couple of days in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Then it all went tits up as I was waiting to catch my bus to Salvador, Bahia. Such an...

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Excerpt 7: Penniless in Copacabana
May04

Excerpt 7: Penniless in Copacabana

After getting struck with altitude sickness while trekking to Machu Picchu, spending a day by the world’s highest lake, Titicaca, in Bolivia was a godsend, even if there was a powercut and I had no money. Here’s the seventh excerpt from my book. Absolutely Marvellous: Lake Titicaca-BoliviaPhoto by Ivan Mlinaric I’d heard good things about Bolivia: hospitable locals, cheaper accommodation and food, a bustling...

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Excerpt 6: Altitude sickness at Machu Picchu!
Mar31

Excerpt 6: Altitude sickness at Machu Picchu!

Trekking for four days to Machu Picchu with a group of strangers was one of the highlights of my travelling days in South America. Every time I go for a walk in the Andalucian mountains I think back to the hike I did to get to one of the marvels of the world. Here’s the 6th excerpt from my book. It’s on the final day of the battering trek when we reach the famous Huayna Picchu mound and I realise I’ve got altitude...

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