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Day 46: Teaching English in Ukraine – How I Got My Teaching Gig in Kiev

Day 46: Sportin' My Teacher Look
I get quite a few emails asking me about how I got my job teaching English in Ukraine, so now is as good a time as ever to divulge my lovely bits of insider information. If you happen to be one of those interested in an extended immersion into this former Soviet country,… Read more
February 15, 2011 · Continue Reading · 26
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Day 39: Six Degrees of Separation in a Small, Small World

Day 39: Mystery Faces
Who do I know that you know? Normally, I wouldn’t think to ask this question except there have now been several — almost freaky — incidents where I’ve come to meet someone in some random part of the world to find out they have encountered someone I know. It is a small freakin’ world, people, and… Read more
February 8, 2011 · Continue Reading · 12
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Day 16: Finding a Place in the World (an ode to my favorite hangouts)

Day 16: Little Gem Hangout (from the car)
Just like everyone in Seinfeld congregated at the diner, and everyone from How I Met Your Mother met up at the pub, I, too, seem to seek out a common hangout that I can use to meet up with friends. It turns out that I’ve had several favorite hangouts now all over Read more
January 16, 2011 · Continue Reading · 11

Bribes: The True Ukrainian Experience

Once you explain the meaning of the word “bribe” to a Ukrainian person their look of misunderstanding quickly changes to the “oh-yeah-i-know-that-because-it’s-normal” look. Bribes are everywhere in Ukrainian life. These actions are so blatant that what we might know as “money under the table” is actually just “money set on top of the table in an envelope”. One of the… Read more
March 5, 2009 · Continue Reading · 3

Fat, Unhealthy Americans

“Most Americans aren’t in good physical condition because they don’t exercise enough.” “No matter how unhealthy it maybe be, Americans love fast food.” “Who do you think is healthier: Americans or Ukrainians?” If you haven’t guessed it already, this is material I have to teach. At first I laughed a bit. Now, I find myself getting angry. The amount of… Read more
February 24, 2009 · Continue Reading · 21

Photos Updated: Pics from Odessa!

As much as I love using my big camera to take photos, I just don’t do it enough. There’s something about the hassle of taking it around with me, or the fact that people stare at me sometimes when I’m using it, that makes it not so popular. This is why the party cam (pocket point and shoot) became such… Read more
February 21, 2009 · Continue Reading · 0

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