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Pete

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

Moved to Los Angeles, California in September 2020.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

I worked on and off for three years doing part-time hourly teaching in Chiang Mai. My wife's family owns multiple tour companies with zip-line courses, restaurants and other things so I would usually just hang out with her family.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

No tourists around right now, so my wife wanted to leave for a bit.

Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?

I don't work here. Los Angeles is a covid mess and would likely be hard to find a "good" job right now. I just ride my mountain bike everyday. CA is amazing for outdoor sports like biking, and that's an advantage to being here.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

Nearly everything. Life is good in Thailand. My wife's family is gold. I love just chilling, getting off my head most days and I cruise around with my wife's dad "checking" on businesses, which typically turns into more drinks.

Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?

Yes to work in Thailand. Being a teacher in Thailand is a rewarding experience for all parties. As for Los Angeles, I'm sure it's great to work here and it seems like a lot of people are working around here - but being a teacher here would be different.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Yes, I can't wait for my wife to get bored and want to return to Chiang Mai. I'm going to build a mountain bike course down one of the mountains her parents have land on. I keep telling her let's go, I'm ready to go build some trails in Chiang Mai and go shred on the mountain bike. She loves the USA and wants to travel all over here once we get our vaccines. Not sure how long I'm stuck for this time.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Thailand is my second home. I will always go back and forth between my home country and there as long as I am able to do so. Teaching in Thailand is great. I also taught in Cambodia on a voluntary basis and I also highly recommend giving your time to Thailand's neighboring countries as well.

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