About Me

Hello — I’m Tammela. I’m an English language teacher/trainer with a passion for exercise (especially running), reading, cooking/baking, and singing/music making. My favorite spices are cinnamon, ginger, and cumin, and my favorite color combination is black and red. I take my coffee with milk but no sugar.


Originally from the US, I received my BA in English from Oberlin College and then spent September 2010-November 2012 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southwestern Ukraine, teaching secondary TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) to grades 2-11.

From January 2013 through May 2019 I lived in London, where I completed various qualifications (CELTA, MA in English, DELTA) and spent five years teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to migrant adults in east London (Hackney and Tower Hamlets) for two different charities (NGOs).

Now I’m in Münster, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, where I’m freelancing as an English teacher/trainer. I teach mainly business English to individuals and small groups through a language school, the university, and independently.

This is my “world education.” Please join me on my journey.

If you have any feedback regarding my blog, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


**All my photos and blog content are original unless otherwise stated, so please do not repost them without citing me and linking back to my blog or the original post. Most of my photos up to November 2014 were taken with my Canon PowerShot SD850 IS camera; from 2014 to 2018, photos are from my iPhone 6; since then, most are from my iPhone XS.


I enjoy writing about healthy living (exercise — especially running and yoga — and nutrition), travel, food (cooking and eating), classical music, language and literature. I have contributed travel tips, recipes, and other interest pieces to EntertainingYourself.com.

If you would like me to contribute to your website or publication, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me at whereveriamyouaretherealso@gmail.com.

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Katherine

    Hi! I’m an English teacher in Ukraine who has been following your blog for a long time. Your recipes ROCK! My all-time fav is the Sweet-Salty Eggplant; used to make the rounds but then got really lazy and now always make the sauté. In a weird twist of fate, it’s actually cooking on my stove right now, yum!

    Anyways, thanks for all the effort you put into this blog. It’s such a great resource for the rest of us! Along those lines, I nominated you for the Liebster award over on my blog : ) I hope this will help others cooking in Ukrainian kitchens to try out your recipes.

    Good luck to you with your future adventures!

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    1. taplatt Post author

      Hi Sam,
      Thank you so much for the Sunshine Award nomination! I’ll get to work on my post about it soon. Enjoy the weekend!

  3. Ricky Albert

    Hello there Tammela,
    We would like to add your blog to the Top Food Blog list in http://www.mytaste.com/ . Your blog is impressively BEAUTIFUL and it deserves to be included on the Top list!! Great recipes!! We will feature your blog and we will make a lot of shout out about your recipes on our fan pages so that people and our 3million users worldwide will be able to check it on our site.
    Mytaste is a dual-function site, a recipe search engine and an online social networking service providing thousands of recipes collected and shared by people around the globe from different blogs and website. We deliver thousands of visitors to food blogs; some of the top food blogs receive at least 20,000 visits from us on a weekly basis.
    Here’s the link where you can add your blog’s url and email http://www.mytaste.com/add-your-food-blog
    This is something you can do to make your blog more visible and be exposed to a lot of foodies in United States and Canada and around the globe, this can help your blog page to get more visits/increase traffic. This won’t cost any cents.

    Please be kind enough to reply to this message so we should know you have received it.

    1. taplatt Post author

      Hello Ricky,
      Thank you very much! I have added my blog to MyTaste and put the widget on my blog’s sidebar.

  4. Leila

    Hi Tammela!!

    My mom found your blog and forwarded it on to me. I absolutely love the recipes and your story is inspirational. Thanks!


  5. Noranne

    Hi Tammela! I just stumbled on your blog while looking for a new infusion recipe for cold season. Still trying to find my “go-to” blend. Anyway- saw that you’re an Obie. Me, too. (And my hubby!) ’01. Happy travels to you, my friend. Glad to stumble upon your corner of cyber space.

    1. taplatt Post author

      Hi Noranne — thanks for commenting – glad to meet another Obie in cyberspace! Hope you found a good infusion, here or elsewhere. I recommend my lemon, ginger, and turmeric infusion with cloves and honey.

  6. Annalisa Palmer

    Hi Tammela! I just found your blog. I will be starting at UCL this September 2017 doing the same MA you did. Thank you for blogging about your experience–I hope you don’t mind if I shoot some questions at you while I peruse your blog. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well.

    1. taplatt Post author

      Hi Annalisa, thanks for your comment and for reading my blog. I’m glad you’re finding the MA posts useful — please do shoot me any questions about the programme – happy to help!


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