Tag: expat life

The Immigrant Worker

The Immigrant Worker

I stereotyped people freely, and I didn’t know how to relate, nor did I make any effort to try.

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Many of you know we started our expatriate lives off teaching overseas in the United Arab Emirates. You maybe wondering the same question we find ourselves asked frequently: “How does living in China compare to living in the UAE?” Or perhaps, “How does teaching in […]

Life in China: How to Shop in Hong Kong

Life in China: How to Shop in Hong Kong

So you moved to Shenzhen, China, and you’re doing well here. It’s a thriving city, isn’t it? But life in Shenzhen is lacking something. The shopping, that’s what it is. You can get some decent imported goods, but there are things from home that you […]

Windows and Washing: An Outrageous True Story of Teaching in the Emirates

Windows and Washing: An Outrageous True Story of Teaching in the Emirates

It’s fall 2012, my first trimester of teaching English to high schoolers in Abu Dhabi. I’m at an ADEC boys school in Al Ain. There are a dozen English teachers from the US, New Zealand, and England here, and they’re a supportive bunch of seasoned […]

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

Imagine yourself, a qualified professional teacher who is accustomed to a certain level of, what, decorum? in the classroom. Now, imagine that you arrive at your new job, and you find that all of your expectations are…going out the window. Along with the students. But […]