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Finding the right teacher is not an easy task. You might get hundreds of applicants, but they don’t have the right requirements. Or, maybe no one is applying for your position. Either way, you’ve got a problem because you have a job opening and you need to fill it––fast.

You’re lying awake at night trying to decide if moving to a foreign country to teach English is the right thing to do. There are so many unknowns. What if you make the wrong decision? In theory, it should be good based on all the information you have, but what about the unknowns?

Isn't it a joy to be surprised by a student in the most personal yet revolutionary of ways, found hidden like a gem? Read on to see what I mean.

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.” – Pericles

When I was 16 I took a trip with my religious education class to a Buddhist monastery in the borders of Scotland. As we rounded a corner in the Scottish mountains we were shocked at the sight of the Tibetan style architecture. When we arrived at the monastery itself, we were greeted by a nun who was just finishing her lunch. They eat lunch?

Will our isolation increase through the infinite freedom of information and ubiquity of the Internet? Longer summers and lesser days / school year are the remains of the US agrarian economy, when planting picking and harvesting took place in a greater number of homesteads than today. US schools continue to have fewer days... and if well charted and scheduled, this freedom fosters creativity.

I live in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia which makes it really easy to travel to most of the Middle Eastern countries. When I get vacation time in Saudi Arabia, I love to head to the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. In fact, I actually prefer Abu Dhabi over Dubai. That’s all about preference though and what you are really looking for in a vacation.

Some of you might look at the title of this article and laugh. You may ask how it is possible to be fashionable in Saudi Arabia. Well, I am here to tell you that fashion is actually very important and that goes for both men and women.
First, let’s talk about fashion for men. The traditional style for men would be to wear an all-white thobe.

As some of you might know, the king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, died at the beginning of this year. Royal officials announced his death on January 23, 2015. He was 90 years old and had been in and out of the hospital. It was quite interesting living in Saudi Arabia at the time of his death. I suppose it’s not very common to see something like this first-hand.

You, the ascetic, went all that way for a change of scene, perhaps to the desert, perhaps to the hinterlands covered in snow, perhaps amidst a people whose language seemed obscure, strange, but alluring. Enchanté? Oui.


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