I’m 26 years old and I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but I’ve been travelling around the world and living abroad since 2010.
Where is the best place you have visited in Thailand?
Having been here only 4 months, I haven’t traveled extensively in Thailand. However, the Songkran Water Festival in Chiang Mai is certainly my best memory so far. Seeing an entire city’s population walk out onto the streets and douse each other in water is something you can’t believe until you’ve seen it with your own two eyes.
What do you enjoy doing in Bangkok in your spare time?
I enjoy exploring the city streets and finding new places to eat, exercise, or relax. Just finding an empty bench in Lumphini Park and watching the people jog by can be a pleasant way to pass the evening after a hard day of work.
If you had to leave Thailand tomorrow, what would you miss most?
I would certainly miss all the opportunities of living in such a busy, international city like Bangkok. It’s so easy to find something to do any day of the week, and easy to find someone to do it with as well. There’s a large and diverse population of English teachers, backpackers, expats, and tourists here, all looking for a friend or companion to experience the city with.
What is the best thing about teaching?
The best part of teaching is watching the students learn and improve. It gives me a definite sense of pride to see one finally grasp a language point that he or she had been struggling with, and then put that knowledge into practical use.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
If I weren’t a teacher I’d be a student again. I love the academic environment and hope to be in the classroom for the rest of my life, whether as the instructor, the student, or both.
Outside of work, when are you at your happiest?
In the gym, pumping iron.
What other countries have you visited in Asia?
I lived in Korea for two and a half years and spent a weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My travels haven’t been extensive yet, but I’m planning to change that soon.
What is the most beautiful place you have ever been to?
The most beautiful place I’ve ever been to was the peak of Jirisan Mountain in Korea, the highest point in the country. The ascent took me close to 5 hours, I spent another 4 hours hiking back down, and the next day I was terribly sore. But the view from the top was spectacular and is something that I’ll never forget.
Which planet would you like to go to and why?
I would definitely visit Saturn, the second largest gas giant in our solar system, with a radius nine times the size of earth’s, and named after the Roman god of agriculture. I would spend my days picnicking on its largest moon, Titan, and strolling through its gardens of fluorescent ammonia crystals.