SOARING TO NEW HORIZONS

Just cruising along in the UAE

May is finally here! Woo hoo! Summer break is getting close. Those of you who are waiting to arrive in August are probably going...

Same, same…but oh so different

A friend asked what I miss most about home. I think she was expecting a long list of items, some of which she could...

Preparing to teach in the UAE…Welcome to the wild ride

It seems it’s interview time again. Teachers from around the world are posting online questions about what it’s like to live and work here....

Oh, happy days! The 43rd National Day in the UAE

I don’t remember how I brought in my 43rd birthday, but I’ll always remember how I helped celebrate the UAE’s big day --- and...

I’m still here…in the UAE

No matter how much you prepare for a move this big, there is no way to avoid culture shock, homesickness and self doubt. I...

Living the good life in Abu Dhabi

My life changed a few weeks ago. One minute I was doing the normal airport thing in Chicago, the next I entered a whole...

Learning to let it be…

The first group of ADEC teachers began flying out this week.  This time last week we were all frantically checking our emails. It was...

Teacher talk… Unable to plan

My former colleagues go back to work in two weeks. Normally, about now, I’d be spending part of my day planning lessons. I always...

The dirt beneath my feet…

I get up at 5 a.m. so I can hike before it gets too warm. While it’s not as hot in Phoenix, Arizona as...

The waiting is the hardest part

Tom Petty got it right: the waiting is the hardest partI’ve been spending a lot of time in waiting rooms —- taking friends to...