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Ben Babcock

2 Articles in July 2014

  1. Missing the little things in England

    Right, so, I’m going back to Canada in four days. Unlike last summer, I’m not coming back after five weeks. As I have begun to pack up my life in preparation for this move, I’ve started fantasizing about all the things I’m eager to do once I’m back in Canada. But that got me thinking about all the things I’ve become accustomed to over here in the UK. There are things I’m going to miss having as part of my daily life. Not all of them are impossible to get in Canada—I could find the TV shows, for example, through legitimate or questionable means—but they aren’t as accessible or as embedded in Canadian culture.

    I should also probably mention that this is a list of the little things rather than the big things. It should go without saying that I’m going to miss, for instance, my lovely landlady and her daughter, who have provided me with a comfortable and supportive home for the past year and a half. I’m going to miss my friends and colleagues from work. And because it should go without saying, it’s important enough that I’m saying it now. So, here’s a list of the little…

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  2. Last day teaching in England

    Picture if you will: finding it difficult to get a job in your chosen profession near home, you elect to move to an entirely different country to start your career. Now, some of you might have actually done this. So factor in having stayed in your hometown for almost your entire life, including university studies, with only occasional forays to other places. Oh, and you’re not a people person—you generally find their unspoken signals and expectations annoying and disconcerting and would much rather be reading a book, or at the very least interacting with them at arm’s length via Twitter. But no, you uncharacteristically up sticks and trek to a distant land where you are thrust into a brave new world that looks and feels a little bit like what you’re expecting but is also strange and alien in other ways. You spend two years there, two very long and difficult and fulfilling years. You have the, frankly, terrifying responsibility of moulding the minds of the next generation and are expected to engage them, educate them, and keeping them from killing each other. At times you feel variously exhausted, elated, stressed, amused, despondent, and content. For two years, this is…

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I’m a 27-year-old math and English teacher back in Canada after two years teaching in England. In my free time, I read books! When I’m not reading, I’m writing, coding, or knitting.

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