Ma’a salaama Kuwait

It seems like an eternity ago that I left Kuwait. Since I left, I’ve traveled in 7 cities across 3 countries and spent a busy 2 weeks visiting family and friends in Canada. Hard to believe I lived in Kuwait only 4 weeks ago! As I sit on the bench of a trail, in the…

Fresh Starts – A Reflection

I am an international teacher who has taught for 2 years in Mexico and who is finishing her second year teaching in Kuwait. Before moving abroad, I had changed apartments and usually neighborhoods every year since I moved out of residence in Uni. Even in Mexico and Kuwait, I changed apartments in my second year. Ten years after moving out of…

Hala Kuwait!

Hala friends, family, and anyone else who might be reading, Let me tell you about my Friday night. I intended to get to sleep early to prepare myself for the workweek ahead (the first week of school!). But I didn’t arrive home until almost 1am – a late night for me! When you think of…

Year 2

This year is shaping up to be all about new things. In my new apartment, I’m having a new Mexican living experience. The apartment is very old, so the plumbing isn’t great, and it’s not overly updated, so there are some problems. I’ve learned to fix things “a la Mexicana”. This essentially means fixing it…

Return to Life in Mexico

The summer seemed so long at times, yet so short other times. Now, it seems to have flown by. I am now sitting in my new home in Mexico, reflecting on my long-since-finished first year of teaching, the week-long Spanish course that finished Friday, and the year ahead. I am in the process of planning…

Belated March Post

I wrote this a few weeks ago, but didn’t post it… so let’s call this a belated post while I formulate my blog  from Peru. As I sign on to my blogger account for the first (or second?) time in 2012, I see two friend’s who have begun their most recent blog post with something…

Happy (belated) New Year!

February?! Say what? Where did January go?Yesterday, my students were so excited when they got to school to tell me about the ice and a little bit of “snow” they were playing with. Yep – we had an awesome thunderstorm with hail! I guess some of it stuck around long enough for the kids to…

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I am excited to see my family. I can see myself curled up on the couch in my parents’ warm, cozy house, with the Christmas tree beautifully decorated and lit as always. My mom sits across the room reading her book as my Dad and I watch the news and other late-night tv. The boy…

Yes, I am still keeping a blog!

So here I am, sitting in my apartment, hopped up on wine and spaghetti, eating mushy and tasteless grapes, and I think to myself: Self, it’s been an awful long time since you updated your blog. Self, you need to update NOW before it’s been an entire month of blogless activities. Brace yourselves, it’s been…

Challenges

Buenas noches! I was in Office Depot today printing pictures and buying a few things. I was attempting communication with someone behind the photo counter and it hit me: life is so much more interesting when simple things like communicating with store employees is a challenge. I almost can’t imagine going home and being able…