Some of you may be aware that we no longer live in Japan. Hello from the suburbs of Leeds, England! I thought I’d present a brief roundup of our current situation for those not “lucky” enough to be privy to all the messy daily evolutions of our “plans.”
The most common question, of course, is: Where next?
The short answer is: We don’t know. In fact, Steph came up with a brilliant scheme to postpone that very question: travel around the world until Christmas.
Over the years we have been lucky to befriend many lovely people with penchants for world travel. So now we’re visiting them, in this rough order:
- UK (August): London, Oxford, Yorkshire, Edinburgh, plus brief highland road trip
- Europe (September): based in Berlin + side trips to Italy and Spain
- Moldova (October): to visit my friend all the way back to junior high, Erin!
- Cambodia (November): to visit our college friend Katherine!
This is a mixed work-play holiday. I called in a “favor” at work (not really, but this is — actually to the day, I think — my tenth anniversary of being hired) and got a couple months off to spread over the rest of this year. The idea is to follow a pattern of a few weeks of travel and vacation, followed by a month of “settling down” somewhere where I will get some work done and Steph will do some volunteering and planning for her own future.
Right now we’re in the UK portion of the trip. We spent a week in London, a weekend in Oxford, and are now in Yorkshire staying with our friend and fellow Noshiro ALT, Claire. Next week it’s off to Edinburgh and after that, a month in Berlin, staying in a lovely cheap apartment found on Craigslist!
In the long term, we’ll be home for Christmas — probably in California, but who knows. After that, the book is completely unwritten. Where we end up is mostly down to Steph’s job prospects, so I’ll let her write about that!
We’ll try to keep you up to date as the trip progresses!