Tag Archives: ESL

Back to Hanoi

The winter in Hanoi can be surprisingly brutal. In December it’s usually quite nice, 40 – 68F with mostly clear skies; quite cold for a tropical city. The Christmas trees of December give way to the citrus trees of Tet, … Continue reading

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Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail. . .

My contract with my employer expired in late October. They gave me my final paycheck, complete with severance pay, and I was free. Despite having a memorable year of employment, and spending over a year and a half in Hanoi, … Continue reading

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Walking in Sapa’s Valley

Compared to the crowded and sunny coastal town of Ha Long, Sapa is quite the other extreme; it is a mountain town in the north west of Vietnam, at over 6,000 feet. The day after returning from Ha Long, I … Continue reading

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Diving into Ha Long Bay

This month has been a busy month for our company. As usual, student enrollment is increasing with the start of the fall semester, and the staff is low due to many of the summer school teachers leaving.  So I’ve been … Continue reading

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Finished CELTA & Opened Doors

For the past several months I had been working a few hours at an assortment of English centers teaching an assortment of ages from small children to adults. The hourly pay was good, but the number of hours I could … Continue reading

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Back from Cambodia

Just a few days ago, I returned to Hanoi from Phnom Penh Cambodia after midnight. I was there for only four days, and although I didn’t do too much, it was a positive experience. Now why did I go to … Continue reading

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Keeping an Appointment

I drove out to pick up a book from an institution I want to work for, it was at least a half hour away across town, in the heat of the day and in the worst time of traffic. But … Continue reading

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