Time to say goodbye to a really nice class

Time to say goodbye to a really nice class

I'm at a very early stage in my teaching career. I've been working as a language teacher of Japanese while doing my PhD for three years now. Most of us teachers have to deal with the same emotions. It's a sad feeling when we have to say goodbye to classes we really like. In January [...]

Week 129: Little indulgences

Week 129: Little indulgences

On Monday I took a nice walk in the Victoria Embankment Gardens, dropped by my favourite pastries shop, Melba at the Savoy, and had a honey lemon ginger éclair and English breakfast tea. The weather was beautiful, and I genuinely felt relaxation and excitement in these longest days of the summer. (The longest day of [...]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

If I had gone to Hong Kong alone, my eight-day stay would have been very different. I would have spent most of my time at the conference, and in the evenings, stayed in my hotel room and worked. Because Luca joined me for the entire trip, we toured Hong Kong together. We went to Victoria [...]

Weeks 127 and 128: My fourth conference

Weeks 127 and 128: My fourth conference

I returned to the UK on Saturday evening after a 12-hour KLM flight from Hong Kong (transferring at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport). I had little time to recuperate before I was back at work on Monday. Before flying to Hong Kong, Week 127 was spent preparing teaching materials for teachers who agreed to cover my classes [...]