The Lion’s Out of the Bag… We Are Heading to Africa!

As some of you know, the big news on the Rorey and Cody front is that we are moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. At the beginning of the month, we spent 5 days in Bangkok, Thailand looking for international teaching jobs at the ISS job fair. The experience was crazy, emotional and exciting and within three days of landing in Thailand, we had signed contracts for our next adventure in Africa.

We will both be teaching at the International School of Tanganyika. I will be teaching in an upper elementary classroom, most likely 4th grade, and Cody will be working as a special education resource room teacher.  The school has a great reputation and we are excited for all of the opportunities ahead of us.

With the formal work stuff out of the way, we were able to relax, take in some sightseeing and let the reality of our situation sink in further. We gathered up the Bangkok Lonely Planet book (thanks Abe!) and headed out for some adventure and cultural visits. Our first stop was the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. The compound is huge and we could have spent hours there, but we were on a strict time schedule, so a few quick snaps and we were off after about 1.5 hours (that is how big it is.)

Mural Image

The Grand Palace Gardens


Cody and Rorey The Grand Palace

Then we headed out to see the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. It was impressively large and shiny and the buildings within the compound were more stunning than The Grand Palace. If we had to do it again, we would forgo the money to get into The Grand Palace (since it is a grand sum) and spend more time at Wat Pho paired with a nice dinner along the water.


Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho

Cody at Wat Gate

Then, since I still do not have my camera back from Vietnam, I decided to play around with my iPod photo settings. Here are a few photos I shot during the remainder of the day. We saw some more Wat’s, some break dancers and many monks. Then Cody took me out to a nice dinner on the waterfront and afterward we headed down to Khaosan Road to check out the night market and walk around.



Wat Roof

Statue at Wat Pho

Cody and the streets of Bangkok



Bridge and Waterfront at Night



Bangkok B-boys



Khaosan Road Night Market





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