About this blog

Hello, I’m Silvia! I’m a Canadian online English teacher, editor, and translator, roaming the planet and always striving to grow.

To find out more about me, scroll down!

What makes this blog special?

For ESL learners:

As an online English teacher, I know that many students love to use reading as a way to practice and learn English.

However, I also realize it’s often difficult: authentic articles use lots of advanced expressions, and it takes a long time to read the articles when you have to constantly stop and search for the new words in the dictionary.

But even if you do that, how will you remember the words? You’ve probably read lots of new words by now, but forgotten them immediately. There are websites that teach vocabulary (and some of them are great!), but many of them just give long lists of words without natural context to make the learning interesting or show you how the expressions are used.

To that end, I made this blog in order to provide intermediate/advanced ESL learners with interesting (I hope!) and authentic content. My goal is to help you easily learn and remember useful advanced words to improve your English.

I write freely, then I go through my text and find the advanced expressions (I don’t artificially insert them, they are all used naturally). Therefore, you can see the expressions used in natural context in the article.

You will also find explanations, examples, and often exercises related to the advanced expressions at the bottom of the article (they are hyperlinked to the words for your convenience), so you can easily practice and make sure you don’t just forget them.

For native speakers:

If you are here only for the article content, I think a lot about basically everything. You might find some new perspectives here, or simply some food for thought to fuel your next dinner-table conversation 🙂

Why “Book and Travel”?

The name Book and Travel is an attempt to summarize my ideal life philosophy: decisiveness and flexibility. I often travel very freely since I work mostly online. If I want to go somewhere, whenever possible, I book the trip. (Of course, this mindset applies to areas other than traveling, but travel is where I discovered it and started to embrace it). Also, I read lots of books since I love learning. Most of the thoughts that I write about are generated by this lifestyle.

What do I post about?

Pretty much anything that comes to mind. I tend to read, think, and talk a lot about self-development stuff, so many ideas will be related to that. I will also have some travel and lifestyle related content.

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A bit more about me:

I grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where I also completed my Bachelor in Translation at the University of Ottawa. As part of my degree, I did three internships in Europe (related to translation, editing, and English teaching). I then moved to Europe permanently and continued traveling while working as an English teacher, editor and translator. Recently, I have also joined Berlitz, one of the leading language-teaching schools in the world. I love learning languages, I love the work I do, and I especially love being able to connect with so many amazing people all over the world and helping you through your personal journeys 🙂

I’ve traveled quite often (several times a month even) and moved countries many times, but at other times I like to stay in one place and set some roots. I’ve lived (short-term or long-term) in all of Madrid, Milan, Barcelona, Valencia, Bremen, Bratislava, Bologna, Genoa, and counting. When I visit a place, I endeavor to breathe in its essence and get involved somehow in the local life: get to know some people, learn a new useful skill, or get immersed one way or another in a part of the local culture. Humans can be a wonderful force of good on the planet if we choose to be so, and connecting with each other is one of the best ways to make that happen.

I try to be a minimalist and a power of good for the planet, and I hope to gradually transition into a zero-waste lifestyle in 2020.

I love stories in all forms: books, movies, TV series, plays, ballets, campfire tales, or just chats about life with the person next to you on the bus. I also love to think a lot about everything interesting I find out and discuss it with friends and other like-minded people. I believe we are all made to help each other and grow together!

I love to read, but I don’t own many paper books due to my globetrotting lifestyle. I have about 1500 kindle books and 300 audio books. I also listen to podcasts and watch lots of TV series and movies. I consider all of these mediums to be points of departure for inspiration, learning, and hours of careful thought or vivid discussion.

I hope you enjoy my blog!

Want to know more about my journey? Find me on Instagram @sadamyova 🙂