I am heading back to England, back home, for the first time in 367 days. A year and 2 days of living the van life. And what a year it has been!
When I flew back to South Africa last year, I arrived in Durban with the very specific idea not to have a plan. And that is exactly what we have done; not planned (hard to believe for those who know me well!) We started our journey in the north east corner of South Africa and I have just flown out of Cape Town, way down in the western cape and southern tip of the country. We have traveled 2/3 of the coastline, living the van life as we went. (Don’t worry, I am going back to do the rest, I don’t like to leave things incomplete!)
June and July have been funny old months. On the surface not much appears to have changed; we are still on the farm outside Cape Town. The boy is still working on various projects here. Girl Dog is still loving farm life and ruling the roost. She has found the weakest link on the farm and knows that if she lets herself into that cottage, she has dinner cooked especially for her!
I am still working from my computer, blogging, writing and Global Handprint-ing. Well, kind of.
In the latest instalment of the Teaching to Travel series, Izzy tells us about her time teaching in South Korea, as one of two Native English Teachers in a hagwon (public school)
“When teaching in South Korea, you can either work at a public school or a hagwon. Hagwons are akin to Japanese cram schools and are a huge industry in Korea. (In case you don’t know what a cram school is, it’s a place where students pay for supplementary academic instruction).
This week we are hearing from Cat who lives and teaches in Seville, Spain. Originally from Chicago, Cat has been in Seville for over 8 years and when she’s not in the classroom, Cat can be found blogging at Sunshine and Siestas. To catch up with Parts 1 – 3 in the series, click here.
Cat got into teaching after graduating from college in May 2007 and joining a teaching program through the North American Language and Culutre Assistants program.
Since we last spoke, I headed of to Vietnam where the boy and I formed our own Sons of Anarchy type club (with us the only members) and explored the country from top to bottom on Honda Wins. I am going to go into more detail about our trip in upcoming posts however let me give you a summary…I started off in Ho Chi Minh City never having been on a bike before and realising, slightly too late, that I had no idea how to ride a bike at all…
What a month this has been. I cant believe its over and its already 3rd April! March flew by in a haze of moving to a farm, website work (mine and other people’s), Mum visiting and preparing for Vietnam! I have decided to (try to) write monthly update summaries as I seem to have got behind in my Diary style posts. Well, actually with all the website issues this past month I am behind on all posts but May will be my month to catch up! The Teach And Travel series will be back in full swing and I have so many Western Cape draft posts that I am excited to share…all about exploring this beautiful area way from Cape Town and seeing what else there is on offer.