Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Meeting Places


This week’s Travel theme from Ailsa’s blog – Where’s My Backpack? is Meeting Places and I thought that this would be an excellent time to get back into my “everyday blogging” again; I know that Ailsa does her weekly themed feature as a “meeting place” for all us travel buffs, TEFL teachers and ExPats to relive and remember our traveling times.

Here my post about this week’s Travel Theme; I wonder if you will recognise these “meeting places”?! Some of the images I HAVE NOT taken myself and I have captioned them with where I found them…enjoy everyone! At these places I have met the best people in the world…

From Landscape Institute

Bury Mount, a scheduled ancient monument, has been at the heart of the market town of Towcester since the 11th century. It was originally constructed as a medieval motte and has subsequently been used as a civil war gun emplacement, a 19th century prospect mound and market garden

From Blog Preston

Parks are plentiful in Preston.  Even though the city is known for its historic buildings, nightlife and shopping areas, there are also many beautiful areas of greenery, where residents and visitors can escape from busy city life.

The most well-known parks in Preston are Avenham Park and its partner Miller Park.  They lie side by side on the north bank of the River Ribble, immediately south of Preston City Centre.  These parks were created by the landscape architect Edwards Milner during the 1860’s, during the American Civil war, in order to keep cotton workers employed and to prevent the problems associated with unemployment.




Video virals: Thai student swears at foreign teacher


The video has made me a little nervous now. I have reblogged it; I am glad that I did the Teaching in Thailand module from i-to-i! The class is not speaking English…what’s up with that?!

I do not take any of this BS in my current school; but then this behaviour is becoming more and more as technology becomes more advanced.

Let’s just take note people…


This video has been doing the rounds on Thai news websites and a number of TEFL teaching groups I’m in. Watching it, I was taken back to many a moment in my own time TEFL teaching in a Thai government school!

A loose translation of what the boy is saying, courtesy of Bangkok Post:

“They’re hiring you to teach. Why the &*$@ do you scratch your foot? Do your work! This is my country. Understand? I’m scolding you and you still don’t look at me. Animal! Monitor Lizard? Look at me!

“You’re wearing black. Are you going to your father’s funeral?

“You’re scratching your foot again. You have no manners.”

Although these words might not appear hugely offensive, cultural differences need to be taken into account.  For example, you do not want to be called a monitor lizard (or a dog, or buffalo equally) in Thailand.  The Thai word…

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