• Zuma Rock and So Much More

    Another great two weeks here in Abuja, Nigeria.  I continue to be so happy here.  The people, the students, my new colleagues… all just wonderful. Last weekend a few of us ventured out to the infamous Zuma Rock – a monolith protruding from the earth that is 2,400 feet high.  Stunning in its awesomeness. From different angles it has completely different feels, energy, faces… on one side it looked like the mountain Richard Dreyfruss from Close Encounters of the Third…

  • Abuja Color

    Another fun week in Abuja, Nigeria.  My fourth graders are simply wonderful.  They are so kind, polite, funny, talkative, inquisitive… I love them. The week just flew by with major wind and hurricane rains three of the evenings.  One of which I went to a great Indian restaurant and sat up on the top floor and looked out as the sky lit up with streaks of lightning, howling winds and sideways rain.  The storms here are intense to say the…

  • Kan Kaung Ba Zay Myanmar… Sannu Nigeria

    A couple weeks ago I said goodbye and good luck to the wonderful people of Myanmar.  It was a year of re-awakening for me.  Seeing the juxtaposition of extreme poverty literally leaning up against extreme wealth brought me to full attention once again.  I had the good fortune of teaching 29 third graders and helping them to defog their vision and start to see some of the realities of their emerging country.  For those of you that have followed along…

  • Vietnam…Simply Divine (part four)

    Hanoi – a fusion of ancient, traditional, modern and chic.  We stayed in the old quarter, which had super narrow streets, tons of handcraft shops and smooth, locally brewed beer that sidewalk vendors provided while you sat on foot high plastic stools on the sides of these narrow streets. New years eve we walked down the tree-lined streets and found a really fun three piece band playing to a crowd (again sitting on foot high plastic stools) on the sidewalk…

  • Vietnam…Simply Divine (part three)

    Fifteen hours after boarding sleeper bus number two, Gin Rummy card games, “two truths and a lie” silliness and eventual sleep, we arrived in Danang.  Although it apparently has an amazing beach, it was really chilly and the town didn’t impress us, so within 24 hours we jumped on a train heading north.  But, as good tourists, we didn’t waste our 24 hours. Marble mountain: “A cluster of five limestone and marble outcrops, famous for their grottoes, pagodas and role…

  • Vietnam…Simply Divine (part two)

    Dalat… The next day we took what was supposed to be a semi-private tour (max 2 more than the 4 of us) of some of the surrounding hillside highlights, ended up being a blink-and-miss-it tour with about 25 Vietnamese tourists.  Despite our disappointment, we made the most of it and saw lots of sights in 5 hours! Dalat is known for it’s flowers – so we visited a flower farm, then to a coffee farm (civet poop coffee – smooooth!,…