Travel & culture
Java sea adventure!
Catherin Lorenzen was medical officer at the British School, Jakarta in the 1980s and 90s. In the second of three articles, she describes how her life opened up with a series of adventures in the Java Sea on board her family’s yacht, Rolling Home, which also became a teaching resource at school . . . .
Tales of the sea, PART 1
What’s a young family to do? Travel of course! In the first of three articles, the intrepid Catherine Lorenzen tells how she got caught up in the whole business of international education as a nurse, married to a marine engineer, with three children in tow. Part 1 of her adventures takes us from revolutionary Iran to Yemen and on to Jakarta, where the family learn to sail.
HomePlace, the new arts centre celebrating the work of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney opened in September to considerable acclaim. Andy Homden dropped in recently for a tour, some poems, a few songs and a bite to eat. He found more than he bargained for. Even if poetry does nothing for you (or your children), find out why you must visit!
From Principal to Balinese ‘Basil Fawlty’!
David Knott retired from the role of Principal at Bangkok Patana School in 2012, after 12 happy years. Whilst he knew he would miss his colleagues, students and their parents, he was looking forward to the absence of the 05.00 alarm call or the frustrations that often accompanied the role. Was now the time to try something new? David takes up the story.
Relocating overseas is one thing. Coming home another
Living overseas and travelling can, at times, be exhilarating, fascinating, confusing or even daunting, but at all times it has a vibrancy that may be difficult to replicate when one returns ‘home’. Brianna Hill Kastler gives her personal perspective on going back to her homeland of Colorado after three years in Asia.
Old Principals die hard; newcomers have a blast
Forget the Olympics. This is where international teachers want to play. In 2016, five new golfers helped the XXIInd iteration of the Foreign Administrators and Retirees Tournament of Sports (the acronym is probably fairly obvious to you?) to a robust 20 golfer tournament, held at the Country Club of New Hampshire in July, reports Gail Schoppert.
A new on-line international piano competition for young people has just been launched, with global finalists to be invited to compete in one of the world’s great cultural capitals in June – Istanbul.
ITM met the competition organiser, former concert pianist, Benal Tanrisever – Şimşek.
Thinking about that Spring vacation?
An escape from family for a few days?
Accommodation that’s just a little bit different?
Being at one with nature but in the lap of luxury?
Waking up to birdsong?
Read about three very different types of accommodation that offer all of the above in the Counties of Cork, Kerry and Fermanagh.
For most of us the mention of Afghanistan will conjure up images of conflict, terrorism and suffering – a land that has become a no-go zone for those able to leave or observing from a distance. In a series of articles, Elly Tobin looks beyond the war-torn Afghanistan; seeing the people, the challenges they face and country they love.
A land of treasures
More developed countries, such as Kenya and South Africa, often overshadow Tanzania; however, clients of Dusty Roads Tours and Safaris, many well travelled in other parts of Africa, comment on Tanzania’s unique ‘African-feel,’ which several other African countries have lost over recent years.
Ireland’s new long distance coastal drive
Thinking of visiting Ireland in the coming year? Drive, walk, cycle or a combination of all three along this touring route aptly named the Wild Atlantic Way. Download our free compilation guide to follow your interests whatever they may be – surfing, fishing, golfing, horse-riding, or walking with a donkey! I have collected together links to websites and included information taken from each source. See also the links to accommodation to suit all budgets and …… luxury camping in Mongolian yurts in Westmeath anyone?
Buskers and Festivals: the memorable music of summer
If you’re a music lover and in London or Edinburgh over the holidays it is unlikely you will have overlooked the dates of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (the “Proms”) at the Royal Albert Hall or the Edinburgh Festival. And then there’s the wonderful Boston Symphony orchestra season at Tanglewood – if you’re in New England.
Travelling inexpensively from point to point by air has always been a dream since the jet age got underway seriously in the 1960. Whereas package holidays and charter flights took off in the 1970s, cheap scheduled flights failed to keep pace.
Cheap flights and good service? Too good to be true?
Love them or hate them, we all use them. Booking with carriers offering cheap flights has become part of the way international teachers do things, especially for short haul continental flights in July and August. It hasn’t always been a great experience, but although the airports are going to be crowded this year, we think that things are improving. So – how do Ryanair, EasyJet, AirAsia and Jetstar stack up in 2015?
Fed up with the crush and stress of using low cost airlines? Outraged by the cost of car hire (especially the daily charge to get rid of those daunting insurance excesses)? Want a greener way to travel in Europe this year? How about reviving memories of the old inter-rail days and touring by train? It’s cheap, takes you direct to city centres and offers, well, a more civilised alternative to the hire car and airport routine.
Catch up with life in cat city
“Not all those who wander are lost,” observed Tolkien. Brian Ambrosio takes us on a wander through the many and varied attractions of Kuching, a city largely unspoilt by tourism and with much to enjoy, including a delightfully relaxed pace of life.
Steeped in centuries of history and a unique culture, Japan offers something different for the visitor. A former long time resident of Tokyo, Elly Tobin knows the place. Here she looks at some of the country’s highlights, from the contrasting attractions of Tokyo to the City of Temples, a lakeside idyll and the ancient Middle Mountain Road. The accompanying and very helpful travel hints promise to make your adventure easier and considerably cheaper.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a unique cultural treasure, Angkor is likely to be on most people’s list of places to visit before the inevitable befalls. A visit by Tony Richards engenders mixed emotions, including awe and bemusement, as well as an appreciation of what makes Angkor such a draw for tourists.
Over 20 years ago I made a huge decision to leave the beautiful south coast city of Brighton, home for over 15 years, to go and live and work in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was a big adventure and one of the best things I have ever done. The first few weeks held many new experiences not least of which was learning to speak some basic Bahasa Indonesian.
A city of shapes disclosed in stunning and not so stunning architecture, a city of chocolate to die for, beer to satisfy the most discerning tastes and of course Tin Tin, Brussels is an edgy cultural whirlpool. It’s home to Dutch speaking Belgians, French speaking Belgians and Belgian nationals from other European countries as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco and Turkey. Combine this mix with the ex-pats and the tourists from all over the world and Brussels is more than you might expect.
First day in the UAE
Arriving in a new country, to begin a new role in a new school is exciting rather than daunting, if approached in the right frame of mind. Expect the unexpected and allow yourself time to adjust would probably be the advice of seasoned international teachers. A travel weary Lisa Gordon arrives in Abu Dhabi to a welcome full of surprises.
Bryan Massingham’s account of his pursuit of “a long-held desire” to establish a first-class outdoor centre and the difficulties encountered on his journey, serve to reaffirm the wisdom of following one’s dream. The centre he and his wife Rose established 12 years ago has also been recently developed to accommodate individual travellers looking for somewhere to chill out in this beautiful hill country.
In March 2015 Californian artist David Best installed a major new work on a hillside overlooking the River Foyle in Ireland – but it would only be in place for a week before being burned. Jan Roulston visited the site and found it to be a moving experience. David Best is certainly a name to look out for on your travels.
Whilst hugely rewarding, the role of international teacher can also be demanding and tiring. Finding opportunities to unwind and revitalize are essential if you are to get the most out of your role and provide the best for your students. Brian Ambrosio discovers an ideal and unheralded place to relax and recharge.
Deeply cleansing, relaxing rituals and the opportunity to socialise have traditionally been the attractions of the hammam or Turkish Bath. A visit to Istanbul provided the ideal opportunity for Elly Tobin to visit the “marble paradise”*, enjoyed by Lord Byron, to see if the hammam is still an experience to refresh, rejuvenate and relish.
A seasoned world traveller, Elly Tobin has spent most of her professional life working overseas. She is now based in the UK, but still travels regularly. As she begins the first leg home of a recent trip to Hanoi, she shares her observations and reflects on how the world is changing.