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Andrew Coté

  • Currently lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he is a professor of English Language and Literature at "Dzemal Bijedic" University
  • Speaks English, Spanish, and Japanese
  • Hobbies include hypnosis, hiking, chess, martial arts, reading, photography, and writing

Andrew currently lives in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he is a professor of English Language and Literature at "Dzemal Bijedic" University. Although it is a new faculty and there are many difficulties, Andrew says that he has intelligent and dedicated students, and they motivate him to do his best. He says that it is the most fulfilling job he has ever had, all because of his excellent students.

It is ironic that Andrew is so dedicated to and involved in education, since his own formal education did not get off to an auspicious start. He quit high school when he was fifteen, and did not return to school for several years. He finally managed to get into college, and after several universities, graduate, then go on to finish graduate school. One of his most fulfilling moments was when he began to teach at the very same high school from which he had quit thirteen years before. He remembers exactly what it was like to be a student disillusioned with some small minded teachers and staff members who treat the students with disdain and apathy. Therefore he does his best to treat each of his own students in a way that he would have liked to have been treated himself. Having studied abroad, he also understands the frustrations and difficulties of his students, who are all studying in a language that is not their mother tongue, and he tries to make the learning process as painless and enlightening as possible for his students.

Andrew has been an avid traveler for most of his life, and at present he has been to about fifty countries. He has spent significant time in many of them, studying, working, or just wandering around. Once when he was 22 Andrew and his father, Norman, with whom he has traveled often, rode bicycles from London, England to Marrakech, Morocco. The toughest part for both of them was crossing the Pyrennes mountains. Finally arriving in Marrakech, one of his favorite cities, made every bit of the long journey more than worth the effort. Another adventurous trip with his father was when the two of them walked across England from coast to coast in twelve days.

The most significant period of change and personal growth for Andrew came when he moved to Japan, where he lived for four years. He went there initially to practice martial arts. In time he was fortunate enough to study Aikido under Eguchi Sensei of Mushinjuku Academy, located within the walls of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto. Eguchi Sensei was and continues to be a great influence in Andrew's life. Eguchi Sensei is a master of Aikido, the art of reconciliation. Aikido is a martial art that is purely defensive, and uses the aggressive energy of the attacker against her/him, but in such as way as results in no harm coming to either party. It is a very sophisticated martial art that requires deep spiritual understanding in order to execute it properly.

Andrew is thrilled to be a part of The Odyssey and he hopes that everyone out there, be s/he student or teacher, or anyone interested in learning about the people and places of the world, enjoy and are able to find useful information and inspiration on these pages. He sends out special greetings to partner Asaka and nephew Patrick!

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