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April 15, 2008

Sri Lanka In The Rain

...We went to Horton plains to do a famous walk to World's End. The views are supposed to be the best in Sri Lanka, but as usual the rain followed me and the whole walk was ruined by mist and pouring rain. Our photo at the summit was of what looked like an oil tank with the words 'World's End' scruffily painted on it. We posed next to it dressed in raincoats, clutching umbrellas...

World traveller Ruth Kaye is now working as a teacher in Sri Lanka.

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January 02, 2008

On To Colombo

World traveller Ruth Kaye has moved on from Egypt and is now working as a teacher for the British Council in Sri Lanka.

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June 01, 2007

Visiting Israel

The much-travelled Ruth Kaye gives some tips on travelling in Israel based on her visit to that country earlier this year.

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February 12, 2007

A Hostel In Jerusalem

...What I was presented with on the first day looked exactly like what I gave to the cat on Boxing Day after my party - though I gave more meat to the cat....

Ruth Kaye, continuing her travels in Israel, finds the guests in a Jerusalem hostel are far more interesting than the food.

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February 08, 2007

1 - A Week In Israel

Ruth Kaye, who is now teaching in Egypt, has been travelling in Israel. "For me travelling is not just about seeing famous places,'' says Ruth. "It's about meeting people along the way, and finding myself in new situations.''

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November 02, 2006


Ruth Kaye, nearing the end of her Middle Eastern holiday travels, visits Lattakia on the western coast of Syria - there to be showered with kindness and gifts. The first gift came on the train journey to the coast.

"Opposite me were quite a poor looking family. The child tried to grab my snacks. I was eating dried apricot things wrapped in plastic. They looked like sweets I suppose. Eventually, to shut him up, I gave him one. Oh dear. His teeth were not developed enough to chew it and suck as he might the apricot got no smaller. His hands also got very sticky. I felt very embarrassed by the end of the incident (which ended with the child throwing the apricot on his father’s knee!) and the father shouted at his son. He showed no resentment towards me however, and gave me a bag full of local apples and plums in return for my apparent kindness (I felt very guilty for accepting such a kind gift in return for a measly dried apricot which caused only mess)....''

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September 30, 2006

More From Aleppo

Ruth Kaye, who is teaching English in Egypt, continues her account of her travels in the Middle East. Here she enjoys a Turkish bath in Aleppo, and a vigorous body scrub that turned out to be the enemy of nose-studs.

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September 23, 2006

Swimming In Syria

...All I can say is that beautiful though Syria is, I am now glad I live in Egypt because swimming with shorts flapping round my legs was not pleasant. Nor was the loud disco music belting out, undoing any feeling of relaxation and tranquillity which the swimming motion may have induced...

Ruth Kaye, continuing her travels in the Midle East, goes swimming in Aleppo. To read earlier episodes of Ruth's holiday journey click on My Week in the menu on this page.

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September 17, 2006


...By the way, don't bother to learn the Arabic word for toilet as you won't need it and will only confuse people if you do try to say it. A year ago, I was taken to a live hen and rabbit stall and was handed a hen, upon asking for the toilet...

Ruth Kaye, continuing her holiday in he Middle East, visits the city of Aleppo in Syria.

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August 26, 2006

Syrian Travels

Ruth Kaye continues her holiday journey in Syria. To read earlier episodes of Ruth's Syrian adventures, and lots more of her writing, click on My Week in the menu on this page.

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August 14, 2006

More Of Damascus

...the rather large shop keeper extracted an apricot sweet from the shelf, unwrapped it and lunged towards me. I tried to take it with my hand but he insisted on depositing it in my mouth. This performance was repeated with two more sweets. After that he filled up a glass with mineral water and poured that
into my mouth too. Yuk!...

Ruth Kaye escapes from the usual tourist scene in Damascus, Syria. To read more of Ruth's entertaining accounts of her Middle Eastern travels click on My Week in the menu on this page.

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July 30, 2006

Petra And Amman

Ruth Kaye, now on holiday from her teaching post in Egypt and travelling around the Middle East, sends an e-mail describing her time in Jordan.

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July 23, 2006

Liquorice Tea And Free Cosmetics

...The 'speed boat', due to set off at 1pm, did not leave the port until 7pm and by the time we were allowed off at the other end, it was already 11pm. In the meantime, the 'slow boat', due to depart at 3pm, had set off only 30 mins late and had arrived long before us...

Ruth Kaye, who has been teaching in Egypt, is on holiday in Jordan.

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July 14, 2006

A Restaurant Called Smakmak

Ruth Kaye tells of the trials and difficulties of teaching English to less-than-willing students in Egypt.

Ruth has taught English as a foreign language all over the world. Do read her earlier adventures by clicking on My Week in the menu on this page.

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February 19, 2005


Ruth Kaye, who is teaching English in Barcelona, meets a class of eight-year-olds who warn her that they will have "constipations'' on mid-year test day.

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January 08, 2005

Noisy Neighbours

Their idea of relaxation seems to be very loud music, shouting out of the window to one another, and ringing doorbells persistently for an hour or so between 5 am and 6 am when they roll in from the nightclub... Ruth Kaye is disturbed by noisy neighbours in Barcelona.

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October 12, 2004

Linguistic Misadventures

Ruth Kaye is having language misadventures in Barcelona. When she asked in a supermarket for directions to a toilet she was led to the shelves containing air fresheners.

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September 26, 2004

Interviews, Interviews, Interviews...

Ruth Kaye is settling in to life in Barcelona and is involved in a dizzying round of job interviews.

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September 19, 2004

Oh Where, Oh Where Have My Euros Gone?

Ruth Kaye is the victim of a sneak thief on her first day in Barcelona and is now 600 euros worse off.

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August 15, 2004

Learning With Chocolate

Ruth Kaye says the best way to get summer school students to do what you ask is to give them chocolate as a reward. "I have got through four packs of fun-sized chocolate bars and a large box of Roses in the last four weeks.''

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June 19, 2004

Another Hard Day In The Exam Room

Invigilating an exam must be one of the few occupations which enable you to sleep while working, says Ruth Kaye.

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June 03, 2004

Tai Chi Exercises In The Exam Room

Ruth Kaye tries her hand as an exam invigilator - with hilarious results.

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May 01, 2004

Goldfish And Bubbles

Ever felt like a sad goldfish blowing sad bubbles, looking out at a party in the lounge where your bowl is? Ruth Kaye experiences some disappointments - but looks forward to a sunny summer teaching in Spain.

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April 09, 2004

Dancing Villi

Dancing villi, bananas waving their peels alluringly, dreaming of food and Finland... Another entertaining page from Ruth Kaye's diary.

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March 23, 2004

Narnia, JPEG And Chow Mein

Here's another humorous and irresistibly readable slice of Ruth Kaye's life.

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March 14, 2004

Salsa Twirls

In this week's edition of her diary Ruth Kaye causes laughter with her salsa twirls.

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March 07, 2004

Mushy Pea Sandwiches

Ruth Kaye worked on a butterfly farm in Queensland, Australia, taught English in Alice Springs and Cairns, introduced students in China to the complexities of pronouncing her native language…

And throughout her world-wide travels she sent entertaining e-mails to her friends, providing vivid descriptions of her experiences.

Ruth, now back in her home county of Yorkshire for a time, will be writing regularly for Openwriting.

Today we present the first entry in her new Net diary, My Week.

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