Short stories & travel reports from a life spent living, working and travelling the globe.
Contract negotiations can be a funny thing. In the spring of 2018 I found myself in the manager’s office at school thrashing out the possibility of a second year in Rui’an, China. I felt settled both professionally and personally and was enjoying that rare sensation of knowing that, for the time being at least, I was exactly where I needed to be. Fuck, I thought, when she agreed to my salary demands without even blinking, should have aimed higher. Getting an increase in annual leave however proved a step too far, so I reluctantly accepted defeat on that front and hit her with the bombshell that I wanted a one-month break between contracts. “A month!??”“Yes”, I insisted, “I’m going to do some travelling in Vietnam!”
So off I set, taking a train to the Chinese city of Guangzhou for my three-hour flight over to Hanoi. It was my first time in the country, a glorious four weeks of mostly unrushed exploration. Have a look at my articles from: