It was so easy there. No stress. No managerial responsibilities. No need to ever raise my voice and above all there were those delightful Thai schoolchildren. So pleasant and smiley, so grateful for the assistance I gave them and for the lessons I delivered.
In the process of decorating our dining room and shifting the furniture around, I rediscovered a kind of farewell poster that one of my classes in Bangkok gave me in the week that my contract ended. It was so sweetly put together with "thank you" letters and a photo of me in the middle clasping a mug of coffee. The use of the word "Joke" was I hope positive - referring to my jokey amiableness in the classroom.
The very next day I was on the island of Koh Lanta in southern Thailand where I spent a few days before flying home to England. To travel seven years back in time: Go here.