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 – Arriving in Georgia

I haven't written THAT much about my time in Georgia since I moved over to Word Press. I thought for a few Saturdays I would go back to my time in Georgia and remember the first experiences there. So, here it is, my first post about Georgia. It was at the time entitled 'The Next …

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The Interac Experience Part Four – Lesson Planning

Second and third weeks of my first year teaching at a Japanese High School, and it was time to get real. As easy as it was to create an introductory lesson, once it’s time to get down to teaching grammar, vocab and topics, suddenly BANG you are in a different world. In Georgia I had …

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Japanese Survival Guide Point 6 – Language

I’m continuing for a few more weeks my regular Saturday spot – ‘The Japanese Survival Guide’, and today I wanted to look a bit at the Japanese language, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if you are headed to Japan it will help to know a couple of useful phrases, but also, to someone who’s …

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Japan Survival Guide Point 5 – The Classroom (Part One)

This week on my Japan Survival Guide I am going to approach a topic that is specifically for those aiming to come here and work as an English Teacher. August is fast approaching, and the new JETs all begin in August. You’d have already applied and probably know if you made by now if you …

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World Journeys Podcast Episode One! [living in Japan]

Howdy all! Yes, it has finally arrived! The World Journeys Podcast! I, your humble host, Andrew Boland, will be interviewing and chatting with a number of people this year about travel-related topics, the best of countries, the worst of countries, backpacking, taking a show overseas, the experience of living in another country and so much …

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