Welcome to Our Life Abroad!


We’re two high school teachers, Jared (left) and Danny (right) from outside Chicago, IL wandering halfway across the world to discover our life abroad. We’ve stumbled upon a love for travel! It freaks you out and makes you uncomfortable; what’s better than discovering who you are and what you’re capable of? As Thoreau said, life is what we make of it. We want to suck the marrow out of its bones!

Take a Look into Our Life Abroad

We love culture. We love people (well, I do; not so sure about him). Simply, we love our life abroad. We want to see how this changes our teaching and ourselves. What better way than to join a culture on the cusp between Eastern and Western ideas! (Heck, why not, I’ve always wanted to learn more about Confucianism!)

We’ve been teaching EFL to adults in South Korea since August 2016, and since July we’ve been writing curriculum for our school. This blog documents our experiences, opinions, and travels throughout Asia.

Where Have We Been So Far?

Okinawa, Japan: October 28-31, 2016 (12)
Taipei, Taiwan: December 23-26, 2016 (1, 2, 3)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: December 26-30, 2016 (1, 2, 3, 4)
Singapore, Singapore: December 30-January 1 2017 (1, 2)
Hanoi, Vietnam: April 27-May 2, 2017 (1, 2, 3)
Kyoto, Japan: July 27-31, 2017 (1, 2, 3)
Hong Kong: October 3-6, 2017 (1, 2, 3)
, Japan: December 24-31, 2017 (1, 2, 3, 4)


What About You?

We’d love to hear your experiences! Are you a fellow teacher or traveler? Or maybe you have a love of world photography or culture? Whatever it is, we’d love to have you join us on our adventure. Please subscribe, readcomment, and share

If you think one of your blogs is the cat’s pajamas, feel free to shoot it my way as well. I’m always looking for inspiration and new friends. If you’d like to collaborate on any posts, please contact me. I’d love to partner on something.

Stay tuned!


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