Who Is English Teacher X?
Except for one year in New York, I have lived abroad continuously since 1994.
I am occasionally credited with being the fist TEFL blogger; while that's probably not exactly true, I was definitely one of the first half-dozen or so people to blog about English teaching abroad.
(All the usual questions that people have about English Teaching abroad, and my advice and opinion of it as a career in general, are addressed in my book ENGLISH TEACHER X GUIDE TO TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD.)
I have worked in Thailand, Korea, the Czech Republic and New York. Various stories from those years can be found on this blog, and for a full account, read my first memoir, TO TRAVEL HOPELESSLY.
I lived in Russia between 2000 and 2009, experiencing much memorable debauchery.
My memoir about that time, VODKABERG: NINE YEARS IN RUSSIA is now available.
For tales of alcohol, Russian women, and a lot of depravity, read the blog archives between 2005-2009. You can also choose stories by label, of course. (The labels "Russia sucks" and "Russian girls" will provide some insight.)
Then I turned 40.
From September of 2009 to June 2012, I worked in the Middle East, seeking purity in the desert. And a high tax-free income. I found both.
In summer of 2012, I attempted to bring my Russian girlfriend to America on a student visa, with the idea of attempting a "normal" life. She was denied a visa, and the year was devoted instead to some random trips, working on e-books, and taking care of ill parents.
Email address: email@example.com.