Requiem for a Vagabond: Middle Aged in the Middle East
    Requiem for a Vagabond: Middle Aged in the Middle East life change He leaves behind a world of debauchery, darkness, drunkenness and devoshki in Russia, and takes a job in the strictest Islamic Kingdom in the Middle East His life suddenly full of sunshine, sand, sobriety, and an adult type salary, he also unexpectedly finds himself in a long distance relationship with a sweet and loyal yet oh so stubborn and provincial Russian girl With plenty of money, plenty of holiday time, and new health and optimism, finally it seems that a normal life is within his graspHowever, things rarely run smoothly in the world according to ETX, and he soon finds himself adrift again, returning for the first time in many years to his homeland, a very troubled and sick America, with a new career as an independent author of erotica and an untoward yet timely interest in survivalism More alienated than ever and haunted at the image of being the oldest guy in the club or one of the younger guys at the whorehouse, X bounces around exotic destinations including Cyprus, Costa Rica, and return visits to his old home of Vodkaberg in Russia and struggles to find a place for himself in a rapidly changing world But a new high paying job in the Middle East looms, which might be the best thing that ever happened to him or the worst Packed with eccentric English teachers of all ages and plenty of sexy but difficult Russian women, set against a backdrop of the Great Recession, the Arab Spring and the Mayan Apocalypse, X s latest memoir is another dystopian look at the profession of TEFL, expat life, and the myth that travel broadens the mind WARNING Contains bad language, graphic content, middle aged white guy angst, and a complete lack of authentic cultural experiences."/>
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  • Requiem for a Vagabond: Middle Aged in the Middle East (The Burnout Trilogy Book 3)
  • English Teacher X
  • 03 September 2018

Requiem for a Vagabond: Middle Aged in the Middle East (The Burnout Trilogy Book 3)❮Read❯ ➲ Requiem for a Vagabond: Middle Aged in the Middle East (The Burnout Trilogy Book 3) Author English Teacher X – Essayreview.co.uk A funny thing happened to me, when I moved to the strictest Islamic country on earth, shortly after my th birthday, my life stripped of drugs, alcohol and women I felt happy In middle age, English Tea A funny a Vagabond: PDF/EPUB ì thing happened to me, when I moved to the strictest Islamic Requiem for Kindle - country on earth, shortly after my th birthday, my life stripped of drugs, alcohol for a Vagabond: ePUB ☆ and women I felt happy In middle age, English Teacher X makes a major life change He leaves behind a world of debauchery, darkness, drunkenness and devoshki in Russia, and takes a job in the strictest Islamic Kingdom in the Middle East His life suddenly full of sunshine, sand, sobriety, and an adult type salary, he also unexpectedly finds himself in a long distance relationship with a sweet and loyal yet oh so stubborn and provincial Russian girl With plenty of money, plenty of holiday time, and new health and optimism, finally it seems that a normal life is within his graspHowever, things rarely run smoothly in the world according to ETX, and he soon finds himself adrift again, returning for the first time in many years to his homeland, a very troubled and sick America, with a new career as an independent author of erotica and an untoward yet timely interest in survivalism More alienated than ever and haunted at the image of being the oldest guy in the club or one of the younger guys at the whorehouse, X bounces around exotic destinations including Cyprus, Costa Rica, and return visits to his old home of Vodkaberg in Russia and struggles to find a place for himself in a rapidly changing world But a new high paying job in the Middle East looms, which might be the best thing that ever happened to him or the worst Packed with eccentric English teachers of all ages and plenty of sexy but difficult Russian women, set against a backdrop of the Great Recession, the Arab Spring and the Mayan Apocalypse, X s latest memoir is another dystopian look at the profession of TEFL, expat life, and the myth that travel broadens the mind WARNING Contains bad language, graphic content, middle aged white guy angst, and a complete lack of authentic cultural experiences.


About the Author: English Teacher X

English Teacher a Vagabond: PDF/EPUB ì X is a year veteran of the TEFL industry He Requiem for Kindle - has taught English in Thailand, Korea, Prague, Russia and is currently an English teacher for a Vagabond: ePUB ☆ in the Middle East A legendary and shadowy figure in the TEFL world, many of his stories are vivid portraits of a drunken, womanizing English teacher abroad He maintains a blog at.


10 thoughts on “Requiem for a Vagabond: Middle Aged in the Middle East (The Burnout Trilogy Book 3)

  1. says:

    The third and final installment in the Burnout Trilogy All three of the entries areor less stream of consciousness collections of short anecdotes with titles, involving English Teacher X s memoirs about travel, English teaching abroad, various misadventures usually with slutty women, actual prostitutes, or his frequently mentally unstable fellow teachers , and inconceivable amounts of alcohol By the third entry, X has turned 40 and left Vodkaberg, the dumpy Russian industrial town where The third and final installment in the Burnout Trilogy All three of the entries areor less stream of consciousness collections of short anecdotes with titles, involving English Teacher X s memoirs about travel, English teaching abroad, various misadventures usually with slutty women, actual prostitutes, or his frequently mentally unstable fellow teachers , and inconceivable amounts of alcohol By the third entry, X has turned 40 and left Vodkaberg, the dumpy Russian industrial town where he spent nine years avoiding cirrhosis by a hair s breadth and fucking everything that moved I say that with revulsion at the drinking, but some amount of envy as concerns the women X moves to an English teaching institute in the Kingdom by which I assumed he meant Saudi Arabia, but I don t remember if he explicitly said so in the beginning or not, because he always refers to it thereafter simply as the Kingdom , and begins earning good money while leading a semi monastic lifestyle free of all of his vices well, most of his vices amidst the heat and sand of the middle east There is a long interlude when he moves back to his home town in the southern United States to care for his aging parents and to catch up with old friends and in which he becomes deeply interested in survivalism , and then it s back to a higher paying post in the middle east whichturns out to be an absolute nightmare in every other way Oh, X also has a Russian girlfriend this time a stable, responsible woman throughout the narrative who, although she is much younger than X and apparently very attractive, remains a constant thorn in X s side due to her unwillingness to move out of Vodkaberg for the entire span of their romance However, she also refuses to break up with X, even despite years worth of his passionate arguing for just that They settle into an uncertain groove of long distance calls, lots of arguing and copious amounts of soft weeping on her part, interspersed with nice vacations to beach spots and resorts all over the world Believe it or not, it could be much worse, X X ends this memoir just having turned 45 and finally having gotten up the chutzpah to quit his awful job in the Kingdom the second , with plans to travel to various spots in North and South America This trilogy as a whole is rambling, debauched to the extreme, self indulgent, and frequently ungrammatical, but it is a lot of fun It is honest, unrelentingly honest, about the pitfalls of a life lived free abroad freedom has its costs, and they are steep X himself and his friends, lovers, fuckbuddies, acquaintances, etc., form a rogues gallery whom I don t think I d ever want to know personally, but who are interesting to read about nonetheless I found this trilogy instructive, both in terms of what I ve been missing out on and what I really don t mind missing out on X has seen , been tocountries, fuckedwomen, and lived all over the globethan I probably could in two or three lifetimes, and that part s hard to not be envious of That s what makes it fun to read about, and to the trilogy s credit, it reads quickly with seldom a dull moment On the other hand, X ends up in his mid forties with no job stability and no family of his own, and strugglespointedly with the meaning of his existence It turns out that even the wide world can become a kind of prison exoticism and far flung locales eventually stop being refuges from one s own search for meaning If you push the expat lifestyle to its conclusion, as X has spent decades observing in older expats, there s a serious risk of burnout X has a similar angst and ennui to the characters in Office Space, except he s living the exact opposite lifestyle, which potently reinforces the truism that meaning and happiness are in the mind, not really out there This trilogy should be required reading for anyone going into TEFL, even for a gap year or two Its seediness might be off putting to those withsanitized visions of teaching and backpacking to fantastic locales, but I believe it saccurate, and it doesn t pull any punches with how difficult teaching can be and usually is, let s be honest

  2. says:

    In the same vein as the other 2 books but the weakest of the trilogy His life and observations in the Middle East are as good as ever, but I found myself skipping parts for the first time when it came to the survival camp stuff.

  3. says:

    Nothing makes you feel like a member of your own country like leaving it for another one As an elderly spinster, I suspect that I m NOT the demographic this author expects to reach with his frequently raunchy memoirs about his life abroad Well, I read and enjoy them anyway and you can try to stop me.His story is an increasingly common one Unfocused and unambitious as a young man, he drifted into teaching English abroad and never drifted back out of it After a few years in Thailand, he fetch Nothing makes you feel like a member of your own country like leaving it for another one As an elderly spinster, I suspect that I m NOT the demographic this author expects to reach with his frequently raunchy memoirs about his life abroad Well, I read and enjoy them anyway and you can try to stop me.His story is an increasingly common one Unfocused and unambitious as a young man, he drifted into teaching English abroad and never drifted back out of it After a few years in Thailand, he fetched up in Russia, where the economy was booming and everyone wanted to learn to speak English The pay and living conditions were abysmal, but the vodka and women flowed freely For nine years he was content to jog along and pickle his liver, but eventually he came to feel that he should be preparing for his old age.And where better to do that than in Saudi Arabia, where a Westerner can earn lavish sums for doing very little Of course, there are always worms in apples and here they include bad housing, no community life, incompatible colleagues, and students who are evenapathetic than usual.Then there s his private life After nine years of playing the field in Russia, he manages to acquire a serious Russian girlfriend on his way out the door Further, she s a bigger drama queen than Vladimir Putin And so we follow our hero as he slides not very gracefully into middle age and deals with his ageing parents in the U.S and tries to pound a little conversational English into arrogant Saudi youngsters who know that their family s political connections are all that really count And there s that ditzy, irritating girl friend.As in all his books, there s WAYabout his sex life than any reader could possibly be interested in At this point, even he s lost interest And he should have left out most of the flashbacks about his time in Russia I understand that nine years was a big chunk of his life, but he s already covered that ground in another book But, by God, he can tell a story and his observations of the Saudis and the strange assortment of Westerners who have washed up with the tide are as acute and funny as ever His stories of his Russian friends and their escapades in the U.S are fascinating in a horrifying way And he brings an insider outsider perspective to the problem of ageing in America.I ll skip the porn shorts with which he claims to have had some success on , but I do like his stuff He s intelligent and screwy and sometimes quite thought provoking Can t ask forthan that

  4. says:

    Another funny memoir from ETX.

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