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One of the best parts of being a teacher is the vacation time. Which we need, because the job is crazy. And one of the best parts about being an international teacher is that I am constantly meeting cool people... Continue Reading →

25 more glasses of lemonade to fight for


       I pulled a shard of glass out of my hair at the dinner table tonight. Running my hands through my hair, I thought I had found an odd patch of dandruff, but came away with a rather... Continue Reading →

R2HK: When life hands you lemons . . .


I used to laugh at people who had five year, ten year, more-than-that year plans. "I don't remember what I thought I was going to do this time today, why would I have a plan for the next few years?"... Continue Reading →

r2hk: rio roomie reunion (wrapping up the first year in HK with a bang)


Not a day goes by where I don’t wonder at where I live. Out my window, I see apartment buildings higher than anything I’ve been in in California, and the earthquake-ometer all Bay Area natives have installed at birth goes... Continue Reading →

the good, the bad, the Baliful


Solo travel looks glamourous. For a woman, it also probably seems quite dangerous, and scary, and a bad idea, and who's going to take all those super-posed pics of me walking into a sunset or staring off into the distance... Continue Reading →

Lombock to the Future (your girl is in indonesia)


Ten years ago I was going through a thing - I was working at an awesome weekly newspaper in my college town, waiting tables, living the dream. I danced downtown Tuesday through Saturday and in drum circles and at sunsets... Continue Reading →

Philippines: boats and stars and things still go wrong


My life is a lot of accidentally doing things the hardest way possible. With an all-star cast of strange characters. A sprinkling of mishap. A lot of "well, at least this will all be a very funny story in a... Continue Reading →

Philippines Days 1-4: (waiting on the good), the bad, the ugly


Like all good travel stories, this one starts with pollution, pirates, and a flu epidemic. Teaching in Brazil taught me to choose countries with good public holidays (I miss you, Carnaval), and I was très excited to see a 10... Continue Reading →

R2HK: yard duties, always food, details


I've known many yard duty's during a lifetime of public schooling, but when I think of a 'yard duty,' there’s just one woman I picture; halo of frizzy grey hair, sunglasses with a leash on them, clipboard full of green... Continue Reading →

R2HK: making my way downtown


The last few days have been full of firsts. Flew to Asia for the first time. First time living in a big city with buildings so tall I actually don’t know what the weather is until I get down to... Continue Reading →

Rachel to Hong Kong: 7 days to go


Today marks the first day of my last week stateside before I move to Hong Kong. As I keep saying, at some point I should probably start getting ready for that. I put in a good college try today -... Continue Reading →

therapy: a one way ticket. dogs.


The pictures confirmed the image I was forming of just how much smaller and more compact my life was going to be living in Hong Kong. They showed a tiny furnished bedroom, and a living room you could juuuust about... Continue Reading →

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