A new month a new blog/ger
Hello everyone! My name is Simon and I’ll be blogging on this website this July after taking over from my wife Sophie. I already know a little about many students out there as I have been reading Sophie’s blog every time, though I didn’t post a comment! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all much better and helping you to improve your English.
First of all let me introduce myself, I was born a long time ago in Rugby, England. Yes! Rugby! That was where the rules of the modern game of rugby football were developed and took its name.
When I was still very young we moved to the market town of Evesham in Worcestershire and I grew up there. I went to University in Coventry studying Urban Planning, which I really enjoyed.
Later I got itchy feet and I retrained to be an EFL teacher. The first country that I went to was Russia. I had always wanted to visit Russia and in 1995 I had been to Moscow to visit my pen friend Vadim. So after qualifying I went to live & work in Russia in January 1997. I went to a town outside Moscow called Pavlovski Posad, which was a garment producing settlement. I enjoyed living in this town, which had a very rural atmosphere. After that I moved into Moscow and met my wife Sophie (as you know!). Two years later we relocated from the cold of Moscow to the heat of Cairo. Living, working and holidaying in Egypt was an amazing experience. We visited as many of the ancient sites as we could, we camped in the desert and we swam in the Red Sea. All unforgettable! Next we decided to try to uncover the mysteries of the Orient and so we came to Japan and Kyoto. We have been in Kyoto for the past six years now. I worked for the British Council for a couple of years before I decided to move to the university sector because Kyoto is a famous university town with many job opportunities. Which is pretty much where I am now.
There is just time to say a special hello to Rosalba in New Zealand, I’m looking forward to communicating with you.
Rugby football 15 players in a team played with an oval ball passed from hand to hand.
Market town The main feature of these is a very wide main street or market place or square, with room for the market to be set up.
Itchy feet A wish, desire or even need to go travelling or walking.
Settlement Permanent community where people live
Rural Country or countryside away from towns & cities (urban areas).
Atmosphere The feeling, mood or tone of an area
Relocated To move or transfer to another place
Uncover To discover the reality of something or someone
Orient This means “east” and has come to mean East Asia.
Couple A pair or two of something.
Pretty much Practically.
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