Europe

Berlin

Berlin

The first view of Germany was a confusion of woods and sparse villages. We had just crossed the border from Holland into Rhineland- Westphalia, surrounded by frozen mud fields and a pale sun, dulled by clouds, at a grim, austere, Bad Bentheim station. Where the Dutch engine on our train was unwanted – removed – […]

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Outward Bound – Amsterdam

Outward Bound – Amsterdam

The gamely cheerful girl took the final boarding pass – ours – and watched as the shuttle bus crossed the wet quay, round the loading trucks, from the railway into the boat. Water falling from the dark, overcast sky. The boat sat huge above the train, riding at anchor. Later, sometime after 11, we stood […]

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Salonica Train – England to Greece: the long way

Salonica Train – England to Greece: the long way

A journey back home from England to Thessaloniki.

Following great swathes of the old Orient Express route on seeper trains, a hint of muder and romance in the air. Stop-overs in the grand European cities of Empires’ past.
Or on rural trains through fields and plains in those mysterious regions between the Vienna Woods and the Black Sea.

A long detour round the back of Europe.

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La Vie en Teaching

La Vie en Teaching

Saved from being down and out in Paris by taking a job teaching English as a Foreign Language to children of the impossibly rich, the never-ending appeal of the city tries to compensate for a job where you’re viewed as a heap of rags blown in off the street at best. But maybe a job as a busking chanson on the streets of Pigalle would be a better a prospect?

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Teaching Europe

Teaching Europe

Where do you go when the world has become your oyster?
When you have just acquired the English teaching qualification that is your passport to the world?
The answer, for this teacher anyway, is across Europe, travelling to each new country by train and discovering the different cultures, students, types of accommodation and ways of life thrown up by each new location. And trying to master the past perfect tense before his class suss him out.

Originally asked to be written for a UK-based magazine, this article is a longer look at the life of a travelling TEFL teacher through Europe.

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