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TAB, thank you.

I always think of the best thing to say in an argument after the fact. Often, the eureka moment occurs in the shower two days later. In the same vein, it is taking me more than a week to absorb and make sense of my TAB experience in Vietnam. I am missing the country terribly, the people, the food, the beach, the liveliness of Da Nang, the students and teachers, my apartment, my motorbike, and the warm weather! I am back in Calgary now, and well underway in my third practicum placement at a…

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Final thoughts about my TAB journey

So, I’ve been home about 30 hours now and here I sit in my basement apartment in Calgary, it's 2:40am in the morning and the jetlag has me thinking it is midday, and the temperature outside is a balmy -3C but feels like -5. In comparison to where I was just a mere 2 days ago: I was in a 4th floor apartment with a nice balcony in Danang, it’s 3:40pm there, and the temperature is now 24C. It all feels like it was some sort of a crazy dream and I can’t believe how quickly the time…

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Final reflections

Looking back on my adventure as a whole this week. Reflecting on some of my best times and my worst times. There were many new adventures, friendships, challenges, successes and failures. Being home, I feel now that I have a better understanding of what is truly important. I feel silly about how many molehills I made into mountains over there. I think the challenges were great for building my resiliency and upsetting my complacency, and I think this will make me a better teacher in the…

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Saying Goodbye

Reflecting on my journey now, after the date has passed when I was supposed to return home, I must acknowledge that saying good-bye to the partner teachers and students at the schools was also one of the hardest parts of leaving Vietnam. I am not sure if that is because I had to leave early or not? Although one would think more time would have just made it harder. Of course, I also miss the hot sunny weather (although I hear it has been rainy lately), the beach, exploring the beautiful…

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Almost Home

Suggestions to future students

Here I am sitting in the Vancouver airport waiting to fly to Calgary and after spending 2 months in China, I do not want to come home. The experience has been even more amazing then I thought it was going to be and I have learned so much about china, teaching and myself along the way. As a result, I will talk about some of the things I learned during my trip and things that I wish I would have learned before leaving for my trip.

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Adiós Madrid!

Well amigos, I’m officially back in Calgary! I can tell you it won’t be easy getting used to the cold again, especially with it being 30 degrees colder right now than in Madrid (and soon to be even colder I’m sure!)

I’ll be honest, it’s strange to be back home. It’s incredibly bittersweet as a big part of me wishes that I could stay in Madrid. I absolutely loved the students that I was working with and felt as though I had just gotten to the point of having established relationships…

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