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[26 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 945 views]
Becoming a yes man…teaching English

Becoming a yes man is part of a series of posts that will take a look at some of the things that we have said ‘YES’ to that we would normally have said ‘NO’.
I’ve always been the adventurous type and usually pride myself on trying new things. This is especially true when it comes to the fun stuff like sky diving, scuba diving and anything provides a bit of an adrenaline rush.
It’s easy saying yes to things that you want to do or enjoy, but what about the things you …

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[30 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,897 views]
The Secret Diary of a Call (Centre) Girl

Ok so my job might not be as exciting as the TV show title it rips off but it’s worth a mention on this blog.
Yes it’s a secret that I’m blogging while I’m in work…but to be honest I don’t think it’s that big of a deal really. That’s where working attitudes differ between Australia and the UK.
I’m no Belle deJour but I have been working in a call centre for a financial company for 6 weeks now. It was tough getting back into the routine of working life…especially after a month of thai partying …

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[19 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 649 views]
Nerves, nerves, nerves

4 weeks today and we’ll be setting off on our trip.  The last time I posted here it was 11 weeks to go.  I’m at a loss to know what the hell I’ve been doing over the past 7 weeks.  Time has seriously flown in.
The excitement about the trip has now turned into nerves (hopefully short-lived).  Its really started to hit home now that I in a few weeks time I’ll be leaving my job and jetting off around the world.  They really started to kick in when my job …

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[1 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 620 views]
borebags blog – Officially launched!

For anyone visiting the blog for the first time you may be wondering what it is about.  Well…in short, we will be embarking on an around the world adventure on the 16th January 2010 (just under 7 weeks away!).  We have been blogging about our preparations and other random musings on the run up to the departure and will continue to blog here throughout the trip.
From here, our friends, family and anyone else who’s interested will be able to keep up to date on what we’ll be getting up to …

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[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 569 views]
Time’s flying.  11 weeks tomorrow.

Time is flying by at the minute.  I think it must be down to being so busy in work with conferences (8 in 8 weeks and counting), countless brochures, Northern Ireland Yearbook, re-branding, white van man and general technical ‘go to’ guy.  Never a dull moment.  I don’t mind so much because I know that come the 16th January I will be starting the RTW adventure.
The planning and preparation has taken a bit of a lull lately as I’ve been struggling on with the TEFL course.  I’ve finally got  through …

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[20 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 729 views]
TEFL – Not proving a walk in the park

If you’ve been reading through blog you’ll have notice that we were considering doing a TEFL course and teaching English in South-East Asia to bring in some extra cash during the RTW.  After some intense debate in Starbucks we have decided to plow on with this idea and, as a result, we have now embarked on a 120 hour online TEFL course by i-to-i.  It’s not proving to be a walk in the park though, as I’ll now explain.
As you may already know, its been quite a few years since …

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[14 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 446 views]
I tefl-ly need to blog more

My absence from the blogging world has been way too long.
Lots of updates since I last graced the site with my words of wisdom. Just a little update in terms of timescale to highlight how long since I blogged…
The X Factor has actually surpassed the auditions, boot camp and first live final 12 show, Claire Hudson has been in Liverpool for nearly 2 months and we’re into double figures on the aul countdown til Jan 16th.
All in all it’s been a busy few weeks with the preparation for going away. As …

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[28 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 471 views]
Working during the trip

During out initial planning stages for the trip we always had in mind that we would either work in Australia or New Zealand, with New Zealand being first preference for both Donna and myself.
As you are probably all probably more than aware of, the global economy is in a bit of a poor state.  We’ve been hearing reports left, right and centre that backpackers in Australia and New Zealand are finding it difficult to find work at the minute.  The main reason for this being that jobs which were usually …

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[16 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 386 views]
4 months and counting.

Today is the 16th September which means its 4 months until we depart (16th January 2010).  Time is going by quickly but 4 months seems like an age away.
We’re back into conference season in work and the days are flying by because we are so busy between preparing for the conferences, working on the magazine, designing conference brochures and every other random IT task in between.  Its been an intense and stressful few months and is looking like the next few months is going to be just as hectic (but …

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[31 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 391 views]
Scuba dooby do

As soon as we had booked the trip my thoughts had turned to things we could be doing when we get out to more tropical climates.  Scuba diving was something that I had always wanted to do and was keen to learn more about.
I visited Hawaii in 2007 for a friends wedding and spent most of my time in the water checking out the sea life.  I’ve never been in such a tropical climate before and was amazed by the amount of sea life all around me.  There was multi-coloured …