House Hunters International – Chiang Mai Edition

English teacher Jenn has moved to Chiang Mai for a job at a new school.  She arrived with a suitcase of clothes and little else.  Now that she’s settled into her job, she needs to find a place to call home. Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand with about 200,000 people.  It’s relatively cool climate and laid back atmosphere attract tourists from all … Continue reading House Hunters International – Chiang Mai Edition

Wai Kru (Teacher Appreciation) Day

Wai Kru is a day to honour teachers.  Wai, meaning to bow in respect, and Kru, meaning teacher.  Essentially it’s Teacher Appreciation Day, but with much more reverence. The students rehearsed all week, missing my classes, for Thursday’s ceremony.  The irony is not lost on me.  The teachers were asked to wear their Lanna, and we looked very respectable in our traditional Thai dress. The … Continue reading Wai Kru (Teacher Appreciation) Day

All About School

The school is enormous.  6,000 students.  400 teachers.  30 native English-speaking teachers.  It takes 10 minutes to walk from my on-campus apartment to the gate, and another 3 to get to the 7-11. It’s a private school and all students study English.  They get at least on lesson a week with a NES (native English speaker).  Some students pay additional tuition to get five NES classes … Continue reading All About School