An Innocent Abroad: The Misdaventures of an Exchange Teacher in Montana

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AuthorHouse, May 10, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages

When, in 1978, as a participant in a teacher exchange programme, the author, accompanied by his wife and young family, exchanged his boring existence in Grangemouth in central Scotland for life in Missoula, Montana, in the western United Sates, he could not have foreseen just how much of a life-changing experience it would be not just for him and his family, but for his exchangee as well.

He was prepared for a less formal atmosphere in the classroom, while, for their part, his students had been warned that he would be Mr Strict. It was not long before this clash of cultures reared its ugly head and the author found himself in big trouble. But, as he had found out from the very instant he arrived on the continent, just because we share a common language it doesnt mean Americans do things the same way. And the Montanans, he was to discover, do things more differently still.

There were times, in the beginning, when he wished he had stayed at home in his boring but safe existence in Scotland and there were times when life got more than just a little bit too exciting for comfort. But mainly this is a heart- warming and humorous tale of how this Innocent abroad, confronted with one culture shock after another, overcame his trials and tribulations and thanks to a whole array of colourful and kind people, finally came to realise that this exchange was the best thing he had ever done.

 

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About the author (2011)

Retired English teacher David M. Addison lives in Scotland. He is married with four grandchildren. He has never knowingly bugged anyone. He likes a quiet life and prefers to be left to do what he is best at, which is doing not very much at all. He does the garden when he must, but he would rather be sitting in it on a sunny day having a barbeque and quaffing beer or sipping a nice chilled chardonnay. He hates having to do things like house maintenance. You could say he is lazy. His wife certainly does except when he is travelling when he wont stop until he has explored every nook and cranny of wherever he is visiting.

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