Posted by: Teacher Peter | February 2, 2011


If you could be trapped on a desert island with any ONE person who would it be?

Traveling abroad in a foreign culture is like that, being stranded. And I am so happy to be making this journey with my wife. She would be my choice.

But I’ve also made this journey before. So I’ve done this twice now, each time during the year of the tiger then the rabbit. The first time, 12 years ago, I was in Japan. I was right out of college, had never lived in a foreign college and had yet to start my career. I was also young, single, and thought I knew everything.

Now, 12 years later, I am back in Asia. I am older, wiser, married, and, with each passing day, more sure of how little I know. Soon I will be launching a new blog about being an international teacher.

The name of my new blog will be Stranded.


This is a blog about what it’s like to be immersed in a foreign language and culture. No matter how much you prepare yourself beforehand the feeling is very much jumping into a pool of water; it may be frightening, or excited, but is definitely a shock to the system and like you’ve entered a whole new world.

Stranded, because there’s no turning back. Whether you’re out of your native culture for a year, 2 years, or more, you’re stuck for the time being. All you have to survive is what you’ve packed in your knapsack of experience. Your knapsack is filled with all the tools, experiences, and knowledge that will aid you in this journey. In this new foreign land, your mission, should you choose to accept it is t


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