The New Year brings about time for new beginnings, and it is no different here at Teacherhorizons. The start of a year is the perfect time for a bit of a revamp and as Tiffany steps down to focus more on her other roles at Teacherhorizons, we welcome a new blog manager, Alexandra. We have asked her some questions to find out a little more…
Where are you from?
Where are you based now and what is it like there?
I am attempting a foray back into European life and have settled upon Lisbon, Portugal as I have family in the country, the sun shines most of the time and the vino is cheap. So far, it feels like the right choice. I am loving the romanticism of the cobbled streets, the sunlit historical buildings and the array of miradouros (viewpoints) that enable one to cast their eyes upon the majestic, awe-inspiring city by the sea.
What blogging have you done in the past?
While my career has been mainly in international development, writing has always been a component of my life one way or another. This has taken on many forms, from advocacy reports on human rights atrocities, to travel articles on where one can find a white sand beach and cheap beer. I have tried my hand at everything from plant-based recipe blogs to academic writing. Basically, I have always found a way to keep pen to paper–or perhaps words to screen is a more apt description.
Where else have you lived and travelled? Tell us a bit about them.
I was most recently residing in Tokyo, Japan. I was awarded a wonderful fellowship there to spend two years studying peace and conflict resolution. It was an incredible experience, the beauty and character of Japan is like no other place I have visited. What struck me the most was that while so many people live in Tokyo, there is an undeniable harmony to it—a kind of refined charm that resonates flow, even when attempting to cross a multiway crossing in Shibuya with a million others. While Japan is a peaceful country their history of nuclear destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki has meant that the horrors are imprinted in the consciousness of its people. Rebuilding peace became central, sparking international peace movements and influence worldwide. This made it an especially interesting place to study peace and conflict resolution.