Last weekend I was asked to give a speech to about 200 high schools students about college life in the United States. I agreed to do this and upon my arrival at the school was surprised to learn that I was also expected to lead the students in a rendition of the “chicken dance” (it’s supposed to go something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmfEMWaJ-Qg). (more…)
I’m not doing a particularly good job of updating my blog because as it turns out I have become incredibly busy! I’ve gone from teaching 4 classes per week to teaching 9 classes per week, and in so doing have begun to learn just how much work goes into teaching: coming up with a lesson plan (not to mention back-up ideas in case something doesn’t last as long as I expect it too and I need to find an activity to do on the fly) and daily or twice-daily coffee meetings with my students are both time-consuming and exhausting. Needless to say I’m garnering a profound appreciation for all of the teachers I’ve had in my life (and starting to think about which teachers planned their lessons and which teachers didn’t). Teaching has been great, but it is exhausting. (more…)
When you’re in a foreign country and blogging about your experiences, there are some events ya just know you’ve got to blog about; events when you think to yourself, “I wish somebody back home could see me right at this moment.” My yoga class today was one of those moments.
Let me backtrack: in Vietnam exercise is not a part of the routine; occasionally people play sports, but absolutely nobody, insofar as I can tell, goes on jogs. This was confirmed to me when I went jogging about a week ago and noticed people laughing at me. Some people I ran past on the street even started running with me. It’s also absurdly humid here. (more…)