ESL books for students in Australia

Learning English in Australia: ESL books that sound like we do

Before my son was born, I taught English as a second language (ESL) for almost a decade, mostly to adults. It's the job that took me to Japan, Slovakia and Germany before returning to Perth to teach English to people who'd come to Australia from South America, Europe and Asia - some to improve their … [Read More...]

German books for preschoolers - Ich hab einen Freund

German books for preschoolers: Our favourite “Ich hab einen Freund …” Bücher

As a non-native speaker living outside of Germany, it's not easy to find good German books for kids. And as my son gets older, his book requirements change and it just gets trickier! Now that he's a preschooler, he prefers books with more words - but of course, when they're German words, I have to … [Read More...]

mylocalworld Instagram photo challenge July 2015

#mylocalworld Instagram challenge for July 2015

Back in April, a bunch of Not A Ballerina readers gathered around on Instagram and Facebook and shared a picture a day which illustrated some aspect of their local world. We had pictures from the … [Read More...]

Happy 10th birthday - Not a Ballerina's blog anniversary

Happy 10th birthday to Not A Ballerina! It’s my blog anniversary!

Well, here we are: the blog is turning ten. I've been blogging here for a whole decade! In past years I've celebrated my blog's birthday with cake (and quite often, by forgetting to celebrate the … [Read More...]

Travelling around New Zealand with kids in a campervan

Kristy’s tips for travelling around New Zealand with kids in a campervan

I have thought very often about campervanning around New Zealand so it is not without a little piece of jealousy that I'm sharing this guest post (and another one soon). My dear (real life!) friend … [Read More...]

Meeting the locals in Latvia and Russia

Locals I’ve met: Real life examples of why I love meeting the locals when I travel

Meeting the locals when I travel is one of the aspects of being out there that I love the most. I think it's partly because I'm insanely curious about people in general (it's a genetic trait!) and … [Read More...]

The colossal list of printables for kids on a road trip

The colossal list of printables for kids on a road trip – resources to entertain children on long drives

My son is a great traveller in many ways, but he is not a fan of long car trips. It's about an hour and twenty minutes in the car when we go to visit my Dad, and that is too long for him - he's fine … [Read More...]

Would you rather - questions and dilemmas for travellers

Would you rather – for travellers – do we think the same?

Fellow travel blogger Shane at Sea Salt Secrets published a great post last week: the Would You Rather: Travel Edition. It is full of fascinating hypothetical questions and definitely got me thinking. … [Read More...]

Campervanning around New Zealand

My friend is campervanning around New Zealand before me!

Last summer, I nearly went campervanning around New Zealand. I'd started the research, looked at flights, started to get quite excited - and then I was offered a trip to Bali and New Zealand went on … [Read More...]