R.oosters, E.yes and D.rinks

I have mentioned, if you’ve read the previous blogs posts, that in 2006 I went to live in China and taught English.

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Only the students at the front paid attention – the rest slept!!

It was an exceptional experience and one I have re-lived many times in my memories. From the long hours to the huge classes of ninety or more in a classroom. From frozen rubbish, including dead dogs, on the road-side, to pigs tethered next to that same road. From roosters in cages at the back of restaurants awaiting the chef’s pleasure, to donkey nappies collecting manure for the farmers’ gardens. There were many moments of awe and wonderment. I could go on and on.

Suddenly, after a problem with my eyes, it suddenly hit me – the China adventure was TEN years ago!


Where did the time go?

If I don’t get my act together now, I will find I will be old – and maybe my health will deteriorate.  I don’t want to wake up one day and say – I wish I had travelled more!


With a heart beating furiously, scared and excited all at once, I have decided I’m going overseas. This time I’ll volunteer at an orphanage in Cambodia.

Charge your glasses and cheer me on. Upend that glass and down your drinks. As I organize my next trip, I’ll post a little more often and let you know my experiences!


  1. Nene Davies · March 10, 2016

    How exciting – good luck Maureen!


  2. What fantastic memories Maureen, donkey nappies, now I have heard of everything. It must have been very exciting teaching in China and yes, every new experience is a treasure to remember forever. How generous and wonderful that you will donate time to help an orphanage in Cambodia I look forward to hearing about your new adventures during this important episode in your life 😀


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