ETX was a large influence on my finding the courage to go abroad and teach; something I have done for over 4 years now. I don't know whether to kiss or kill him. This book makes life abroad sound a lot tougher than it actually is, which may be a good thing. There is a lot of valuable advice inside, especially one thing: Most big problems Expats have seem to occur when drunk or on drugs or while hanging out with drunks and druggies. Also, he lived in Russia which skews his advice; most countries are safer and have much kinder people. Ask the Poles, Latvians or Germans what they think about the Russians.