The following is the last of my updates recounting my exciting travels across the globe, providing some concluding thoughts on my time in Tunisia and some thoughts on how I could possibly still be standing after such a long and action-packed few months. First I ‘d like to say thank you if you’ve been keeping up with my blogs throughout the Summer. I’ve had a lot of encouraging feedback and I can only hope that you’ve had as much fun reading along as I’ve had writing these things. I’m always happy to chat about more about all that I’ve got up to, so if you see me wandering about just shout my name, call me over and we can chat for a bit and share some insight into the Summer we have each had before I make my excuses and tell you I’m urgently needed in Morocco or some such place. Continue reading
I’m back! As I write this I am seated comfortably in my student digs in Glasgow, readjusting to regular life and appreciating the familiarity of my surroundings. My biggest challenge at the moment is trying to recall the thoughts and feelings I’ve had churning around my head for the last 8 weeks and trying to convince myself that it wasn’t all one big dream. Part of me feels as if I was never away and that I walk away from it completely unaffected. That’s always how it is, but I’m now glad that I was taking photos as I went along which will hopefully help convince me and I have a ton of memories which keep coming back to me at random moments.
The following is a day-by-day narrative of my brief time spent in the faraway kingdom of Cambodia, written as I went along. I do hope you enjoy reading it, though I’m writing as much for my own benefit as I attempt to recapture some of those escaping thoughts and feelings and try to work out just what it was all about. Continue reading
It was as I was riding an elephant bareback through the jungles of South-East Asia in the basking sun that it occurred to me that life is pretty sweet. I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to come all the way out here to undertake the privilege of helping kids build up their English skills, but to have had so many unforgettable experiences so far has been just amazing. This thought occurs to me as I consider how blessed I am to do all that I’m able to do, yet how quickly I get caught up in the small frustrating things which come along and cause me to lose sight of the good things. Though this is something that I suppose I have always been guilty of, I’m becoming more aware of it now. My Thailand adventures have been incredible, but at times the delight of being here has been overshadowed by the smallest of niggling worries and dilemmas. A couple of days ago I was in a miserable mood because so many things seemed to be going wrong. I was feeling disorientated and a bit useless, organising things thousands of miles away was proving a headache, I had cleverly left myself with no dry and clean clothes, I had exhausted myself from washing all my clothes by hand (goodness knows how people coped before the invention of the washing machine), I managed to take a chunk of skin out of my hand, I locked myself out of my room and had to scale a stretch of roof in order to break back in through a window… Continue reading