Happy Teachers Day!

It’s 6th July, and that means it’s officially Teachers Day in Peru. I and half a million Peruvian teachers are celebrating a day which is highly recognised and valued in Latin America. So far this has meant chocolate and hugs (from students and colleagues alike), an afternoon of fun activities, a meal thrown by a teaching company I worked for previously, and, greatest wonder of all, a four day weekend!

It almost makes up for the thankless hours of marking, chasing students for work and the mental breakdown of reports season. Still, when all else fails, there’s always Xanax!

Happy Teachers Day fellow TESOLers, TEFLers and educators in general.


Home is…

… getting on the bus home and seeing a friendly face.

… the Publimetro distributor knowing what time you’ll pass by in the morning.

… the local tienda owners letting you run in for a last-minute beer when the shutters are down.

… shooting the breeze with the concierge when you get home in the evening.


… running into someone you know, even when you’re in a tiny town miles away from where you live.

… colleagues who share their Tetleys teabags and McVities digestives with you, even when no one’s going to get stocked up again for another six weeks at least.

…books, a coffee table and a comfy sofa.

… knowing which cinemas are worth checking on cheap cinema day.

… having ‘favourite places’ to go when you’re in a certain mood.

… being able to give people bus information.

… knowing bus information in the first place.

Feathered friends

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