The Great American Gathering

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One of the last memorable things that happened in France was a trip to the beach. I’d started missing my American brethren so I called upon them on Reddit to see how many were in France and might be willing to have a meet up.

It would be my last free day before I started working so I wanted to make the best of it. Me and the girl from my previous post had started dating and I brought her along so she could have a great laugh when us ‘mericans do something silly again.’ She didn’t have to wait long.

I’m a terrible organizer and since I had no idea of the area I just said what beach we would meet and that I would give them a call with our location when we got there. Lo and behold as we arrived we saw two very loud guys with American flag boxers commenting on the girls passing by.

My lady just turned towards me and said “These must be friends of yours!” Yeah, they were.

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Why Not Try Something New?

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In my last post I was talking about how I made a fool out of myself and decided to make amends by taking a girl out for dinner with the hope that she could help me get to know the city a little bit more. She said she knew a great place and all I needed to do was show up at 7pm.

So I put on my jeans and shirt, called a cab and I was on my way.

As I arrived I started thinking I may be dressed too casually. Upon entering the restaurant I noticed guys with ties and jackets, and my date was wearing a lovely long dress. As I greeted her, all embarrassed she decided to note that all I was missing was a NYC cap and sandals. So mean.

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The Ugly American Spreads His Wings

 

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Over the last few years I have lived and worked as a teacher all over Europe, exploring different cultures, languages, cuisines and rhythms of life.

When I first started learning to teach English overseas with the team at Teach Away, I didn’t think things were going to end up this crazy.

My first destination was France where I lived for a year and half and I can say with certainty that it was the most memorable of all the places I have visited. Perhaps it was because it was the first time I left the states or the fact that I was greeted by every man and woman by receiving 2 kisses on my cheeks.

It felt rather strange being greeted by a complete stranger in that manner. It’s still a bit odd when I think about it, so for my first post I might as well write about that.

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How To Work From Home – On The Road

When I’m at home I work from home a lot of the time. As a teacher I get lots of marking to do and of course I do my marking at home. I have my own office set up, with my own computing system, and spend many hours per week working at home marking students work.

When I go travelling I still need to work. Of course I’m not teaching while travelling so I don’t have any marking to do, however there is always something else to do including writing articles for this website about my travels. I love to write and I love to travel and so on combining my writing with my travelling in producing this website.

I also do a little freelance writing, which I post on various websites, from time to time just to help supplement my travel funds.

However it’s also important to me that I have access to my data at home. For a range of reasons there is information on my home computer that I need to access while I’m travelling.

While travelling I only have a small laptop with me. It’s relatively old and doesn’t have much memory, and so I can’t store too much on it.

So how do I work from home while I’m travelling? Is it possible to access the data on your home computer from a remote location? Can I have access to everything I have on my home computer from the wilds?

Yes I can. I can work from home while on the road by using the relatively new service called “cloud computing”. So let’s see what cloud computing is and how it allows me to work from home while I’m on the road.

As you know it’s important to backup your work. At home I used to do this by backing up my data to a remote hard drive so that I had my data into different places. That way if ever I have a computer meltdown I have my data somewhere else and I can just load it back onto my computer once I have it fixed. But I can only access that data from home, not while I’m away.

Cloud computing refers to the ability of users to store data in a location where it can be accessed from any other location I might be in.

So in other words I can store my data from my home computer in a location where I can access it using my laptop from anywhere in the world, provided I have an Internet connection.

Let’s say I have run out of space for more photos on my laptop. Rather than starting to delete photos I can simply upload them to my cloud storage and then download them from there when I get home to store on my computer.

This allows me to access data which I have stored when I was working at home, as well as to upload data while I am travelling which I will later access when I’m at home.

So in other words I can do everything I can at home, while I’m on the road.

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