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Coffee, a Spice of My Life, Around the World

Day 2: Coffee in Bed from a Tim Tam Mug
Oh, coffee. We have a love-hate relationship, you and me. Sometimes, I drink too much of you; you make my hands shake and my stomach hurt. Other times, I drink a bit and I’m more productive than I could ever be, writing a zillion words per minute and staying on… Read more
January 2, 2011 · Continue Reading · 41
I spent around 6 weeks in the Baltic countries of <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/latvia/">Latvia</a>, <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/lithuania/">Lithuania</a> and <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/estonia/">Estonia</a> back in 2008.  Basically, I was killing time while waiting for <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/my-life-as-a-teacher/">my teaching gig to start up in Ukraine</a>, and I really couldn't have picked a better place - to hang out, meet cool people, eat good food and enjoy a nice mix between Eastern and Western Europe - than in that part of the world.

Baltic Graffiti – A Photo Essay

I spent around 6 weeks in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia back in 2008. Basically, I was killing time while waiting for my teaching gig to start up in Ukraine, and I really couldn't have picked a better place - to hang out, meet cool people, eat good food and enjoy a nice mix between Eastern and Western Europe - than in that part of the world.
April 27, 2010 · Continue Reading · 20

What has been the best year of your life?

In one of my conversation clubs in school here in Ukraine, I asked my students what the best year of their life has been. Questions like these, followed with a simple, “Why?”, are a great way to get them all to talk (my main goal for my classes), while also killing a ton of class time. However, a lot of… Read more
January 15, 2009 · Continue Reading · 6
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It feels like autumn.

Imagine my shock when the day I flew from Kazakhstan to Latvia I also went from sweating to freezing! Everyone in Riga was wearing a coat, hat, gloves… the works. “Ugh!” I thought. I really despise cold weather, but don’t get confused. That doesn’t mean I like summer either! So I may be a bit sensitive to temperature, but I… Read more
October 6, 2008 · Continue Reading · 2
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Totally Crossed Out!

They say there are 55,000 in total, but I really wonder if it is more than that. One can easily get lost in the sea of relics on display at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. I had seen pictures before setting out on the 3 hour bus ride to the small town of Siauliai, but none will ever do… Read more
October 4, 2008 · Continue Reading · 6

Tickets to the Gun Show

It’s sort of funny, but one of the touristy things you can do in the Baltic countries is shoot some bad-ass guns for fun. I had never really thought about using guns for fun before, but when I found out my friend who is working at a hostel in Vilnius, Lithuania (VB Sleep Inn) is actually in charge of taking… Read more
October 1, 2008 · Continue Reading · 11

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