Hi, it’s Nic.
I had just arrived, fresh-off-the-boat, at my new home in the northern Telos Islands.
As an online purveyor of English, I obviously need access to the internet at all times. So, the first thing I did was turn on my phone, turn off airplane mode and…start crying!
By the way, fresh-off-the-boat is a casual phrase meaning ‘new to somewhere’.
ーIts origin is from immigrants who travelled to North America, and would arrive there by boat, and be ‘fresh’ from their journey for Europe.
Anyway, I switched off airplane mode and…drum roll please…nothing at all! I was a bit worried, but decided not to worry about it and go surfing!
The next day though, I had to get serious. I asked all around and…no one spoke English!
Well, that’s probably to be expected on an island of less than a hundred people!
Luckily though, a very friendly man named Taha did speak English.
On a side note, Taha turned out to be the chief of the village (there was only 1 on the island), and he was an incredibly intelligent man. His area of the village had installed solar panels on their roof for electricity, and was also very aware of plastic recycling. A truly enlightened man in an island chain that quite literally remains in the dark ages in a few areas!
Anyway, I digress!
Luckily, I found Taha who spoke excellent English. In a bit of serendipity, his house was also the only place on the entire island that received internet! That’s right, his small area had the only 3G signal (and a unicorn-like 4G signal that sometimes appeared) on the entire place. So, we became best friends, and I ended up teaching his daughter English as well while I was there.
The moral of the story;
English is indispensable! It can connect you to the world, no matter where you are!
座右の名”The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”