Teaching English in Southern Spain

From Japan to Spain I remember huddling for warmth under a mountain of blankets in my frigid apartment during the winter of Japan, wondering how I was going to escape the cold. It was my second year in Fukui, Japan teaching English at a junior high school with the JET Program, which is a government-run…

A traveling vegan

When I meet someone new, I introduce myself as Amber. I’m a traveling English teacher. I lived in Japan for 2 years, and am about to start my 3rd year in Spain. I love traveling, obscure sports, (ultimate frisbee and climbing via ferratas are my favorite!) art, and music. But another important aspect of my…

Ukulele in the classroom

Using Music to teach English Since day one at the elementary school in Malaga, Spain where I’m currently teaching english, my ukulele has been like my third arm. If I don’t have it, my students ask me where it is. In the hallways, I’m stopped by kids who ask to play it. I make them…

Traveling alone in Morocco

Last Christmas, I faced my fears and opted to solo-travel in Morocco for 15 days. So many people had advised me that I shouldn’t travel alone in Morocco as a woman. However, I felt I had to prove them wrong. I flew from Madrid to Marrakesh and took public transportation to Essouaira, Casablanca, Rabat, and…

Finding Malaga: Starting a new life in Southern Spain

Yesterday, I stood on my balcony, admiring the pink and yellow light dancing across the mountains.  I felt like an empty cup being filled with gratitude. I try to sink into it, asking myself, “How did I get to be so lucky?” I have to retrace my steps to remind myself how serendipity led me…