Culture Shock: The Psychology of Moving Abroad (and Back)

All four times I’ve prepared to move overseas, the exact same rollercoaster of emotions have come. It probably doesn’t help that I left each time from Folly Beach, South Carolina, one of the more pleasant places on this planet. The two weeks before I leave are two weeks of swinging back and forth between excitement and … Continue reading Culture Shock: The Psychology of Moving Abroad (and Back)

Inside Tusheti and the Way Back

Part one: https://akingofnowhere.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/the-road-to-tusheti/ Like most traveling, my trip to Tusheti simply left me with a collection of moments with no clear narrative. I’m left with memories, photographs, and now these words. But only the memories hold everything together. Writing words about the crisp mountain air won’t help you really smell it. Looking at the picture of … Continue reading Inside Tusheti and the Way Back

Four Perks of the German School System or Why You Should Be Reincarnated as a German Teacher

  As a teacher in the US, I sometimes feel sorry for myself. It's not because I work at a high school—despite being told “you poor thing” by strangers, I like teaching teenagers. It's also not because the pay is low compared to other professions—I wouldn’t trade my summer break for a $10,000 raise. And … Continue reading Four Perks of the German School System or Why You Should Be Reincarnated as a German Teacher