Nate Edgerton

February 22, 2007

Nathan has spent the past seven months teaching English at Can Tho University in satisfyingly sunny yet unfortunately humid southern Vietnam.  A fellow of hardy northern European and, more lately New England stock, his genes are likely perplexed, reasoning that the warmth and moisture must be some kind of unsheddable bearskin coat.  Yet despite the confusion his body has undergone in adapting to this new place, his mind has found it quite ideal.  In addition to his job, he's had ample time to explore the Mekong Delta, spend time with students, and volunteer to teach at a local pagoda (a project started by a former PIA fellow).  In addition to this, he has had time to spend many mornings and afternoons relaxing in a lawnchair at a roadside café, studying and watching motorbikes and bicycles pass, sometimes with three children perched atop like crows on a power-line.  Now, he is spending his final month saying goodbye to Vietnam before moving to a new post in Singapore this June.  His claim to "Fellow of the Week" fame is an essay he wrote that was fortunately selected as the winner in a travel writing contest. You can read all about it here.

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