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On The Road Again


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Hello everyone,

I can't believe a year has already passed!!!!!
So, what have I done since I returned from my 4 month road trip? hmmmm.... Not that much really. After arriving home and spending a couple of months living with my ex ( Of 17 years) I moved into my own apartment. Oh my God, that was an eye opener!!! I can barely remember ever living in an
apartment!!! Suffice to say, it's a different experience. I am paying a small fortune for a view of Edmonton, Alberta's river valley...I have to walk down the hall to do laundry...I get to preview who is coming to visit as they have to buzz me first, put up with the music of the times, from young neighbours...be put to sleep by the hum of urban traffic....other than that, same old, same old.

How can I afford to live you ask??? I can't!!! I am living on savings but continually look for jobs to supplement my income. At the rate I am going I will be living on the streets in about 2 years! I had better find someplace warm before that time arrives!!!

I did manage to invest more on my education, having completed a 100 hour course in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Since October I have been teaching an Adult Beginner 2 cass at an Edmonton based private ESL school. Do I like teaching? Well, I have learned from my experience that I know nothing about the English language, other than to speak it!!!! Grammar is NOT my forte!

I like it alright, but it is not a passion. I actually developed a new found respect for teachers...I don't know how anyone can spend 8 hours a day doing this! 3 hours a week is plenty for me!

With that and my failure to find employment I decided last week that I would go to Tottori, Japan and teach English! WHAT????? You just said you didn't love teaching??? Well, let me explain my rationalization. I have a brother in Japan that owns an ESL School, so I thought I would love to see him, travel and add to my skills for future resumes. I am a little afraid as I hear that the Japanese work alot!!!!

My plan is to go to Japan, either the beginning or end of March and stay for 3 months. I will spend my days teaching ESL to young children and adults as well as develop a plan to expand my brother and his wife's business online..... Hopefully I can create a well paying job for myself....and earn them a little extra!

Since I am travelling again, I thought I would re-ignite this blog... I notice that I dreamed I was going to do a RTW trip in 2013 (jAssuming we are still here after the 2012 Apocolypse!!!) and hopefully Japan is a starting block to that dream!!!!

So, as of today, I am re-igniting this blog...hope you will join me on my journey of adventure and discovery!!!!


Posted by ManicGypsy 10:17 Archived in Canada Tagged japan adventure baby teaching boomer esl

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I cannot wait to go on this trip with you, Joni! I'm so excited for you, and more than a little proud that you put your dreams into action.

by Brenda

Thank you Brenda! I am making another little detour...just finalized plans for Thailand for 2 months followed by Japan for 3!!!!! Phew......Sunshine!!!!

by ManicGypsy

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