Sunday Spotlight – Batumi, Georgia

Yes, another Sunday, another ‘Spotlight’, and today we’re heading to Georgia and its second (or maybe third) city of Batumi. It sits on the eastern edge of the Black Sea, and has a population of 155,000 or so (so not particularly big). However, it is pretty much Georgia’s second city, and it is by far …

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Re-Blog Saturday – Teaching and Learning in Georgia

Today's reblog sees me enter my final days in Georgia. Hope you enjoy! Today is December the 19th. I sit in my hotel room in Tbilisi typing out another blog entry. Life is strange. Tomorrow I fly out of Georgia, with a couple of hops across China, to find myself once again in my country …

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Re-blog Saturday – Time ticks away in Georgia

Saturday again, more stories from Georgia. This post dates from the 26th of November, 2011.  Hello everyone Things continue here in Georgia, most days being filled with the English teaching and school matters. The weather here is diabolical - There was a day a couple of weeks ago when the weather in Batumi closed over …

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The Best of World Journeys Podcast!

Hi folks! I'm kicking off this series of 'Best ofs' with the podcast - usual day for Series Two being Saturday and all. Here are three of the best Podcasts from Series One - hope you enjoy them!   Episode Two with Dean Ruetzler Dean is a great character and wonderful to talk with about …

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Teaching English – Georgia versus Japan

Today, teaching English as a second language in a foreign country is one of the most popular ways of working overseas for speakers of English. I personally have done this in two countries – the Republic of Georgia and Japan. The former for three months and the latter for 2 full years. I enjoyed them …

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A Georgian Wedding

When travelling there are lots of different events you might like to attend from festivals to Eurovision. No seriously, it’s awesome and why wouldn’t you? But I think there’s something incredibly special about attending a wedding when travelling. I’ve attended at least three (off the top of my head) when travelling, two in Germany for …

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Throwback Thursday – The Interac Experience

I’ve never done a ‘Throwback Thursday’ before, so here goes. I’ve put all my experiences with Interac, the company I thought English in Japan for for two years, into this post. I’ve noticed that they continue to get a bit of traffic even a year or more since I posted them, and I thought it …

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Foto Friday – Power in Georgia

One thing I remember strongly from my time in the amazing village of Jikanjuri in Georgia, 2011, was this power relay box where the entire village's power came through. It, not surprisingly perhaps, would 'blow' regularly and the whole town would be without electricty. The worst example was in November 2011 when it was freezing, …

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The Interac Experience Part Six – Ongoing issues, students and more!

So, welcome to the last episode in ‘The Interac Experience’. I’ve told you about the orientation, trainings and a bit about the teaching. Let me tell you about the students and the rest today! Absolutely, without a shred of doubt, the best part of the Interac Experience was the students, and the people. Depending on …

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