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Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp

On Wednesday, I had another English class with the 20-something college student. It was my last one with him, which I was very grateful for. I didn’t find out it was my last one until after the class was over, but that was okay. It was good news.I’d been trying to work with him from a more interactive way for the first three lessons. I prefer to take this approach since it’s more fun (usually) and as a ...
Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp

Tonight I taught an English class for a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. I was told at first they were two 11-year-olds, then that they were 8 and 9, but they both seem their age. I was nervous because I wasn't sure how I'd be able to handle two kids on my own. I've worked with kids a lot, but never really on my own in the way I would be working with kids in an English class.
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp

Today I taught my first English class. I spent the entire night last night going over my plan for the class in my dreams (and dreaming that I’d gotten ready to go at the right time and then somehow still ended up at least an hour late). I’d like to say it was good for me, but it wasn’t. It was totally unnecessary.

I had everything ready for the morning. My bag was packed with my English ...
Our Top 5 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan
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Our Top 5 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

So you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, and you want to know some of the things to do in Tokyo. Or maybe you just are interested in Japan, and want to know what to do in Tokyo that’s interesting and engaging. Or maybe something else.There are a lot of things to do in Tokyo! Just going on an urban hike around the city is interesting. These five things to do in Tokyo were our top choices when we visited Japan ...
The Sistine Chapel: Photo Gallery
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The Sistine Chapel: Photo Gallery

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Outside Looking In — Lydian Shipp
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Outside Looking In — Lydian Shipp

The sounds here are intoxicating. Downstairs (or down the hall, I can’t tell) I can hear the sounds of drums and flutes playing vibrantly, and the murmur of many people’s voices. Occasionally, I’ll hear a car horn from outside going, wee-o-wee-o-wee-o. And then a bird cooing in the distance. And people shouting to each other from across the courtyard down on the bottom level of the apartment complex. The ...
Cristo Rey Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Cristo Rey Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

The Cristo Rey statue in Guanajuato, Mexico is the 2nd largest in the world (with the largest being in Brazil) and is well known by all the locals in the city. It's one of Guanajuato's most popular tourist attractions for both locals and travelers.

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Driving in Jordan: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Jordan: Photo Gallery

We visited Jordan in January 2016. On our visit, we rented a car to drive from Amman to Wadi Musa to see Petra.

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Angkor Wat: Photo Gallery
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Angkor Wat: Photo Gallery

In 2016 when we visited Cambodia, we went to see Angkor Wat. It was nothing like what we expected... but in a good way. ...
Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Western Wall was our first stop on our urban hike through Jerusalem during our 4-day trip to Israel in December 2015. We took the Western Wall tunnels when we left the site to head toward the Temple Mount.The Wailing Wall or Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel is located in the Old City along with the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount. It's the holiest site for Jews ...
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

On our urban hike through Jerusalem, Israel in December 2014 we stopped to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We saw other sites like the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Mount of Olives on the same urban hike.According to tradition, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (aka the Church of the Resurrection) is located in the Old City in Jerusalem along with the Via Dolorosa, the Temple Mount, and ...
Living in Mexico: Reviewing the Optometrist Experience
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Living in Mexico: Reviewing the Optometrist Experience

In this video, we talk about our experiences visiting "Optica Boston" in Guanajuato. This optometrist is located inside the La Comer grocery store right next to La Marina in Pozuelos, Gunajuato.Related Posts:Guanajuato Tunnel From Pozuelos to the Centro (video)Driving in Mexico: Entering Guanajuato State (video)Holistic Dentist and Cancer Treatment Facility in Tijuana (video)4 Cancer ...
Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

We went on an urban hike through Jerusalem during one of the four days that we were in Israel in December 2015. The final stop on our urban hike was the Mount of Olives. We arrived at the cemetery by accident after visiting some of the other major sites in Jerusalem's old city.Tourist attractions like the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, are somewhat incomprehensible because they're a part of a ...
Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery

On our 2015 visit to Israel we drove around the southern part of the country visiting the cities of Bethlehem, Jericho, Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Jersalem and Ein Gedi (among many others towns that we passed through). The driving in Israel was fairly straightforward, although the driving in the Palestinian territories was notably a bit more eccentric than in Jerusalem.

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The Dead Sea, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Dead Sea, Israel: Photo Gallery

On our December 2015 trip to Israel we drove around the southern parts of the country. We passed by the Dead Sea on our way to Masada from Jericho. We opted out of swimming in the sea, but driving the entire length of it was pretty cool, too!

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Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery
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Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery

On our August 2014 trip to Kathmandu we had quite an experience at the airport... We had read online that we'd be able to purchase our visa to enter Nepal at the airport after we arrived. But, when we got to Kathmandu we discovered that we needed actual cash to pay for the visa since we weren't able to use our card (the airport's card readers weren't working). We did eventually get things figured out, but ...
Driving in South Africa: Photo Gallery
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Driving in South Africa: Photo Gallery

People drive on the right side in South Africa which took a little getting used to for John, but luckily he'd already had some practice in the U.K. earlier in the trip. The driving in Johannesburg wasn't too bad, overall. ...
Our Johannesburg Vacation Rental: Photo Gallery
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Our Johannesburg Vacation Rental: Photo Gallery

When we visited South Africa in January 2015 for two weeks we stayed in Johannesburg. After coming from 5 weeks in Tunisia and a week in Egypt, South Africa felt like a breath of fresh air.Related Posts:Finding a Vacation Rental Abroad -- By Jennifer Shipp ...
Athens, Greece: Photo Gallery
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Athens, Greece: Photo Gallery

We visited Athens, Greece in February 2015. We were only there 4 days, so we weren't able to really explore Athens, but we did get to see some of the city, at least.

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The Parthenon: Photo Gallery
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The Parthenon: Photo Gallery

When we visited Athens, Greece in February 2015 we made sure to see the Parthenon and the Acropolis. We were excited to finally see these sites! The Acropolis and the Parthenon are a part of the same complex (the Parthenon is inside the Acropolis), but we separated the photos into two different segments. To see the photo gallery with our photos from the Acropolis, go here.

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