On a cold and windy Thursday evening, six of our overseas teachers braved the weather to walk around London’s East end, tracing the bloody footsteps of the infamous Whitechapel murderer, Jack the Ripper.
Led by our ‘Ripperoligist’ tour guide, Johnny, our teachers were led down moonlit cobble streets, and through dark, twisting alleys, learning the history of this ghostly figure commonly regarded as the first serial killer.
There were a few chills and shakes-but luckily, we had warmed up with a curry pre-tour at Preem, an Indian restaurant on Brick Lane. At Preem, we had a meet and greet over garlic naan and butter chicken, exchanging stories about our teaching experiences in London, recommending our favourite hotspots, and offering advice to adjusting to life abroad.
We may not have solved the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper, but we certainly had an evening to remember! London is a wonderful city for overseas teacher to come live and work. There’s a great antipodean community scattered around, and events like these help connect expats with other expats. We had a ball meeting our newly arrived overseas teachers and cannot wait for our next Smarties in London event to meet more!
Feeling brave? Tickets to the tour can be found here
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