It’s been a while since I posted – mostly due to baby Martha! – but seeing as it has been a while it seems appropriate to have use my first post back for reflection. I remember seeing the “Things I’ve Done”/”Jobs I’ve Had” hashtags trend on Twitter a while ago and it got me thinking… what things have I done that I’m proud of?

  1. Marrying Ruth 😀
  2. Having a beautiful baby daughter 😀
  3. Being a voluntary leader for Borders Exploration Group and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  4. Writing my first novel for National Novel Writing Month in 2009! It’s not great but it was a laugh writing it – you can download my first real attempt at writing here for free as a PDF or for £3.73 86p from Amazon for your Kindle.
  5. Recording an EP with our ceilidh Band which has already been downloaded over 400 times
  6. Managing Bedlam Theatre during Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2003

I’ve done lots of other things that I’m proud and these were just the first 5 6 that came to mind but what are your top 5 (or 6!) things?

26 degrees and rising…

Warsaw is sunny and things are good. The folks here in the office are really interesting to talk to, which is great cos I’m trying to improve their conversation ability. The office is pleasantly air-conditioned – something that will be all the more important if tomorrow is the predicted 30 degrees! I hope that everyone is having a good summer.
Off back to work,

Change in plan (and location)

Am now living with Ruth in Warsaw and I will be working with her firm as an Business English teacher for the next few weeks. Zakopane was nice but I decided to change plans for various reasons. Warsaw is great and I am looking forward to starting work tomorrow. Weather here is pretty nice. Photos have turned out pretty good so far – more to follow soon. Am looking forward to more games of a game called Fluxx: ever changing rules make card games a bit more exciting!



Hey Hey everyone, staying in Krakow tonight and we are planning a relaxing weekend of beers and exploring the town. Back up in Zakopane I am staying here. The first week was amazing, the kids were great and it will be great teaching them for another 5 days. Off now to enjoy Krakow, more someday soon.

Zakopane at last

Arrived yesterday morning after an overnight train – it took well longer than the train that we could have got during the day (and all things considered I think that we could have been here days ago at the same price if we had organised it ourselves). Now that we are here though it is really nice. Mountains look amazing, perhaps some photos will follow tomorrow (I forgot the “essential” iPod and cable and camera and cable, they are all in my room at school). Kids are amazing, Polish young folk being well brought up and interesting to teach. I am sharing a room with Ian (and the Polish translations for Ian and Jonathan are both Ian). Things are good. Weather has been rainy and although it may be thundery later we are expecting a nice few days to come. Classes are 3*45mins per day and then chatting to the kids as much as possible as they go about their routines. Yey for Dave now being in America – I hope that is fun. I now know what long-haul feels like. Anyway, must be off. Meeting our walking train back in a bit.
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