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So You Wanna be an ESL Teacher?

For the past four years, I have been making ends meet as an ESL teacher. The creative freedom, flexibility, personal fulfillment and influence I have as a teacher are what keep me in the ESL bubble – and it’s also a good industry to consider if you’re looking to save a good chunk of cash and travel. But I never planned to become a teacher. Teaching found me. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai After completing my Master of Arts degree in International Affairs a few years ago, I experienced a…

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10 Kinds of Montreal Men You Meet When You’re Single

Montreal men are unlike any other on Earth. Charming and handsome while finicky and confusing AF, they are a special breed of fabulous that my friends and I  hate to love love to hate.* *Kinda depends on the day. Having been a serial dater for the past few years, here is both a guide and tribute to the men I’ve liked, loved, hated, forgiven and loved again in the city I call my home, affixed lovingly with my specially designed terms of endearments (hope you enjoy them). Please note that this is in no way an exhaustive list, and only meant…

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My World Travel Bucket List

You’ll notice there aren’t any Asian destinations on this list; due to the much lengthier period of time that I’ll be working and travelling through Asia, I’ve created a special, separate bucket list for one my all-time fave parts of the world. You can check that out here! Drink Absinthe in Prague, Czech Republic Dance the night away in Ibiza, Spain Learn how to play a local instrument Get mistaken for a local Make a call from a London phone booth, England See the Big Five in South Africa Become fluent in Spanish Celebrate my birthday at the the Saint Patrick’s Day festival…

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Top Ten French-Canadian Expressions I’ll Miss When I Leave Quebec

  Growing up Anglophone in Montreal, I always had slight lingo envy. You see, French Canadians have the finest – if not the most blasphemous – expressions. If you’re heading down to the Belle Province, try out one of my top ten Montreal expressions and cuss like a local. You’ll be swigging Maudite and chanting “et glou” in no time.   “Tabarnak!!” Meaning tabernacle, which is a fixed box on an altar containing the Eucharist in the Christian faith. The French Canadian version of *fvck*; i.e., “Y fait chaud en tabarnak” (It’s fvcking hot outside).   “Calisse” Meaning fvck or fvcker. Can be employed…

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