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Instead of writing a page titled "About me", I prefer to call myself a Citizen of the World. Especially now, when I'm ready to set off and explore the world.
I am only writing this page because I was asked to introduce myself prior to a visit I'm going to make later on in June and this personal information will not stay here for a long time.
I took this picture in August last year, when I went to visit my family, before starting my present contract. I was 50 in January, hence the trip I'm preparing to do, in 50 countries within 50 weeks, to write a non-fiction book, mixing biographical and travel-writing styles, attempting to portray similarities between people's lifestyles, transcending space & time.
The unifying thread of that book is more spiritual in nature: the concept of love that helps us survive; it makes us thrive; it empowers us to create better lives for our offspring, hence evolve; as well as it unites us across cultures, gender, political/religious beliefs and the list could go on.
There are 2 objectives to achieve with this worldwide journey: to make new friends, re-connect with my old friends, and learn about how people in various cultures apply good values to their lives and achieve happiness. If writing about this will be a success, a thing that only time will tell, my vision is to change from a teaching career, to my writing vocation for the rest of my life.
The second objective is to connect with teachers (mostly teachers of English), but let's say educators in various countries, in my attempt to promote and grow My English Club, which will be the vehicle for my writing and teaching in the future. I need a drastic change, from teaching only a small group of students in a fixed location, many times including many who don't have any wish to study at all, to teaching those who actually DO want to study and are located anywhere in the world. I am a citizen of the world and I wish to become what they call 'location-independent' for this reason.
Having said that, I did work for two years in China, both with children and adults as well as at Al Yamamah University in Saudi Arabia. I also taught English to children in Spain, for two years.
For the time I spent in China, I have built another website - "From China, with Love", where you can find more pictures and thoughts of mine. Sadly, I haven't been able to update that website since I left, due to dedicating my free time to this website. In the KSA I didn't dare put anything online, in respect for the Islamic culture. The photo above is acceptable to post, as we are all foreign teachers, but only for a short period of time.
OK, so I want to become location-independent, but I do have my home, in the south of Spain. The reason I left was due to the economic crisis that hit Europe (Spain even worse), which made it difficult to maintain my mortgage. When I end up living in there again, I shall return the favour of being hosted in various countries and I shall invite you all for a holiday in Spain. It is by the Mediterranean see (my beach is Vera Playa, 10km away from my house).
I am alone right now, I have been married in the UK, which explains my British nationality, but I have no children. However, I treat all the children who come into my life as my own; equally, I don't intend to stay alone for the rest of my life, but I'm concentrating on my work for now and allow the universe to bring the right partner to me, eventually.
Well, this is how much time I had, to present myself tonight, as I have a friend visiting, to take goodbye before I leave the country next week. If you wish to read more about my journey plans, you'll find more information here.
I wish you find what I shared with you here interesting enough, for you to want to meet me and perhaps host me later on this month. I will certainly appreciate meeting you and talking with you about how life is in Sweden, about the vikings and other things that will captivate our imagination.
I look forward!
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