On My Way to Work

I love this idea from Jess McCulloch, who I got to meet at Learning 2.0. (Thanks Kim for tagging me!)

The idea is to share your commute to work with your network. I live about 800 meters from the back gate of the school. Almost every morning I walk the 12 – 15 minutes to school with my wife (PE teacher), my son (grade 1) and my daughter (Discovery/Pre-Kindergarten). Sometimes my other daughter doesn’t want to be left out and she joins us for part of the walk!

At first I thought this was just going to be for fun, but as I was thinking about it and then actually taking the photos it made me realize how use of images was really making me stop and take notice of things that I might otherwise take for granted. The act of trying to capture the essence of my ‘commute’ really made me think long and hard about what was important and what I wanted to share. I could definitely see creating a similar project for students. What a great way to bring students together from around the world!

I live on the third floor of a 20 story apartment block. If you know where to look, you can actually see my apartment in this photo!


There are plenty of places to stop and smell the flowers if you are looking for them.

Besides apartment blocks, there are some nice villas on the housing estate.

There are even some nice tree-lined sidewalks.

The choice of monuments around the place is… interesting.

Although it is a ‘modern internationl city‘, there is still plenty of old Hanoi to be seen.

The back gate of the school.

The Elementary School courtyard. This is usually teeming with kids running around and wreaking havoc!

One of the initiatives that has started at UNIS is a community garden. This one is right in the middle of the ES courtyard so that all the students can watch it grow and flourish.

The library (2nd floor) and canteen.

Finally. My door. Anything look familiar?

Yep. That’s me!

It’s a simple commute and one I usually take for granted. Not this morning though!

I’m looking forward to see the morning commutes of Adrienne, Jabiz, Keri-Lee, and Sean!

8 thoughts on “On My Way to Work

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  • October 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures! And, I have no idea why, but your campus looks so different than I imagined. I don’t know why I even had a mental image – I’ve certainly never been there. I am jealous of your name on the door too. That’s so official. Makes me think that I need to start looking into some kind of signage.

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  • October 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Hey Clint,

    Great post! Sorry it has taken me so long to comment 🙂 I’m so glad this little activity made you appreciate the little things that are part of your journey to work. My idea is to set this project up for kids too – imagine them comparing their journey’s to school, and then writing about it in a couple of different languages! Cool, hey?! First thing tho is to get all these journeys to work together. Just got to think of the best way to collate them all. What do you reckon?

    • October 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      @Kim Cofino You should come for a visit! Of course you’d be more than welcome and I’d love to repay the hospitality that you guys showed me at YIS! And yes, the name on the door is key. Though, to be honest, it looks much better in the picture than it does in real life!

      @Jess McCulloch I think this project is a great one for kids! So many teachers have commented on the various posts that it has really brought them together through this simple act of sharing. I can imagine students documenting a festival or family occasion or similar and sharing it through pictures and text or even audio!

      To get collect all of these Journeys to Work together, maybe we can use a hashtag in the blog title? This way you can do a blog search and collect all the posts via RSS? Just a thought of the top of my head!

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