My Quest for What's Next
...The Coley’s are Coming!
What does it take to pack up the lives of two thirty-something professionals into no more than four checked bags and move half-way around the world? I'm honestly not sure, but we are about to find out. I suspect there will be a tantrum or two, some tears, and lots and lots of packing tape!
Once the move is complete, I hope to use this as a platform to share stories about what life is like for David and I in Ha Noi. If there are any good photos, I'll share them along the way too. For this first post I will keep things informational and catch all of you up on how David and I came to this place in our lives.
First, some of you are probably asking what the heck we plan to do while in Viet Nam. David will be teaching High School Mathematics at St. Paul’s American School just outside of Ha Noi. His day to day work will be similar to that of an American High School teacher, just with a very diverse student population. As for me? That remains to be seen. I'll be exploring professional opportunities once I am there (and a bit before). In the meantime, I will be managing our transpacific move and musing on this blog.
Why Viet Nam, why now? Truth be told, David and I have been talking about moving abroad together for years. We even had a few false starts along the way. Southeast Asia has always intrigued us, and we know we can spend several years exploring the region without ever seeing the same thing twice. When an opportunity arose in Ha Noi, we leaped at the chance. The posting will be at least a year, but we hope we love it so much we want to stay for several more.
We are both nervous about the transition, but mostly we are thrilled with the thought of learning a new language, diving headfirst into Vietnamese culture, and getting a front-row seat to Southeast Asia. We plan to use Ha Noi as our home base for extensive travel in the region, and we wouldn't mind a few Western visitors from time to time (hint, hint!). I can't promise my scooter will be purple, but it will be awesome. I am sure shopping for our new primary mode of transport will be a post in its own when the time comes.
We still have three and a half months before we leave, so for the moment we are focused on spending time with friends, family, and our cats. No, they will not be making the move with us...a topic for another day.
Thanks for checking into my new project. I hope you will continue to learn more about our life abroad through this blog. If you want to know what David is thinking, I suggest you visit his blog internallytangent.weebly.com. He also promises to make a few cameo appearances here.
Join me as we see, what's next.