Why Didn’t We Watch the Olympics This Year?

Why Didn’t We Watch the Olympics This Year?

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me about the Olympics, being held in Beijing, China. As someone who lived in Beijing for 4 years, I was both intrigued and confused at the fact that I was barely aware the Olympics were even taking place. I’d like to explore why I, and some of … Continued

culture shock a practical guide

So, what’s culture shock?

Enjoy this excerpt from Culture Shock – A Practical Guide by H.E. Rybol A Matter of Perception Culture shock is often talked about in terms of symptoms or phases. It’s about a series of ups and downs. It’s important to acknowledge those feelings because they are a gateway to what lies beneath, but we shouldn’t … Continued

Basque Country: Home is where the Pueblo is

It was exactly what I had in mind when I applied to teach in the Basque Country; green hills, a strange language, separatist protests, and retired shepherds stalking down cobble stone streets that had seen bull and beret alike- this was a strange region in a foreign land, and I was ready for it. My … Continued

Disregarding Inhibition in Bulgaria

I am an overly cautious person. I religiously wash my hands, never jaywalk, and always obey posted rules and regulations. That changed when I moved to Bulgaria; this is not a country for the cautious. I came here for the year as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright program. Two weeks of orientation, which … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel