What comes next?

There are definite signs that a need for adventure has sunk deep into the soul. The feeling that the comfort zone that you are living in is inescapable. The routine of life isn’t brought into balance with a feeling that what you are doing is important or necessary. However, the signs an adventure should end…

Lions, Tigers and… Elephants! Oh My!

I scrubbed mud into the large cracks of her blue grey skin and watched as her eyes slowly drifted shut. She seemed to love the feeling especially after the 40 years she spent carrying logs out of the jungle; stripping the natural resources from a place she and her herd might have called home. I…

The Island Paradise of Koh Phi Phi

My back was stiff from almost 15 hours of sitting in the plastic chairs of university desks. My mind was functioning only as fast as caffeine could drench my neurons. The small group of literary nerds with our eyes following along as Dr. Stallard read the final passages of a marathon reading of John Milton’s…

Ko Sichang: A Pre-vacation

There is no way in hell I am walking down that,” I exclaimed upon realization that the gangway was made of little more than metal skeleton for hand rails and wooden 2x4s nailed to what looked like a rotten wood plank. It was stabilized by a simple tire on the roof of the boat. There…

A Letter to Those Considering a TEFL Course

I was asked to write a post to those who are considering signing up for the Samui TEFL course and the realities of my journey afterwards. I know that I have written about Samui TEFL in the past but I thought this was a more in depth look at the day to day activities as…

Looking Back

I left Scotland nearly a  month and a half ago with a very full heart. However, the fullness of my heart also made it very heavy. I can remember sitting in Finnegan’s Wake on those last nights trying to make the best of leaving. Besides the crushing weight of my own sentimentality I thought of…

An Ode to the Isle of Skye

We sat huddled around the fire in the Stromeferry Stationmasters house just enjoying each others company. It is moments such as these that are so precious that it feels as if they are contained in the casing of an egg shell. The day had been a myriad of beautiful views, laughs, and the sad realization…

Day Trips: the good, the bad & the ugly

In the past two weeks, Andria, Liam and I have gone on one very successful day trip and one that ended in North Berwick in the pouring rain. Yes, that terrible one was my fault.

Highlands and Hairy Coos

Yesterday, I stuck my toes in the only lake in Scotland; the Lake of Menteith. While there are a lot of Lochs there is only one lake or so we learned on the Hairy Coo Tour. We spent the day basking in the loveliness that was the Highlands. The first place we stopped was the…

A Birthday Abroad

Things have been relatively calm all besides the howling of the wind. My friend Liam had a girl he’s known since high school, Claire, come for the weekend. She is studying abroad in London and we peppered her with questions about the differences and similarities. She gave us a reason to look like tourists, even if…