Who: Marjie, a life-long resident and high school teacher from Seattle What: Decides to rent out her condo and sign a ten-month contract to teach sixth grade English and Ancient History at a relatively new, quickly growing international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam When: In August, with one month's notice - along with 33 others from the US, Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand (most of them last-minute, too)
p.s. (That was last year; now she's on Year #2)
Frequently Mentioned Cast
The Castle - a five story stack house with a rooftop deck, in the midst of the best morning market in the city. Katherine - castlemate and the primary PE teacher from Montreal, Canada. Franco - castlemate and a third grade teacher from Portland, Oregon. Tarn - former castlemate and the high school librarian from Wellington, New Zealand (in many of last year's posts). Pretty Lady - Tarn's bicycle. Nam (or "Mom") - Marjie's motorcycle-taxi driver and surrogate mother. He is also Marjie's self-appointed food screener. Nam's Family - sells fabric at the morning market. Thuy (pronounced "Twee") - sells fabric at the morning market and serves as the castle's Sunday night cooking instructor. Thanh - (pronounced "Tawn") Thuy's sister and business partner. Sweet Seamstress or Ms. Hao - seamstress who lives three doors down from the castle. Her assistant is Lieu and her son is Ut. Bum Bum Girls - girls who work at the Bum Bum Salon in the alley near the Castle. Katherine and Marjie's "second home." Tran - Katherine and Marjie's favorite massage therapist at the Bum Bum (she's not there anymore; now she comes to the castle for massages on request). Banana Cake Lady and Rice Lady - women who supply Marjie's breakfast each morning. "The Band" - Four people who regularly comment on the blog: Brian, Karyn ("the norris clan"), Amy ("amyt"), Bill (used to be "kumma" or "sbill" but recently transformed into "Mungo") and one person who makes star appearances: Rita (of One-Minute-Poem fame).