Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Paris or Berlin?

In a strange sudden twist, there's more on the table for our possible expat life.
For the past year I've only been focused on Asia.  Nothing else was on the radar.
I might as well have declared "Asia or Bust" because it was only going to be Asia.
And then....you start putting things out in the universe and she not only answers--she yells.
In the past month we've gone from traveling for 6 months - one year to:

Living in:
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Latin America (Mexico City, Buenos Aires or Santiago)
  • Paris
  • Berlin
And if you are curious I've listed them in order of personal preference.  This is important because of regardless of our focus on Asia, the EU gig has
the most potential to pan out.
It's all happened very quickly and IF Chicken were hired on for this project we could be out of NYC by May.  That's 2-3 months.
So, of course the first thing I did today (OK, after making a latte and the boys breakfast and giving them forbidden objects to keep them sufficiently involved in their play so I could do my work) was start cleaning out file drawers.  I mean, either way, we're going somewhere.
Could be 2 or 3 months or 7 months, but by late September/early October we are out of here.
For 2 years if we do the expat thing, a year if it's sabbatical.
Might as well start cleaning it all out now.

The initial round of 'talk's with Hong Kong start today.  I hope it goes well and it leads to the position.  But if not, then we keep going.
I can get excited for just about anywhere.  It's all just one great big adventure and I'm ready!

Best of all is talking about it to the boys and daily one of them will ask me "Show me where we are going."  We have a lot of maps posted and atlases that we pour over and talk about.
Wherever we end up, it's going to be amazing.

5 comments:

Loralou said...

I've lived in Hong Kong, an amazing experience ;)

Casey said...

This is so exciting!

tireegal68 said...

Wow! I don't know what kind of work your wife is in but it sounds like there are so many opportunities. If it was me I don't know, I think I would pick Paris? Maybe?

AdventuresInBabyMaking said...

We had a great time in Paris last year with the twins - could be fun! We're hoping to spend V's sabbatical in Europe but that's a few years off.

breathedragon said...

I'm so jealous I could die. I wish I could talk my wife into something like this!

I have a friend who is living on a houseboat in Hong Kong and loving it. But Paris! Or Berlin! Berlin is THE place to be right now, my visual artist friends are on a virtual exodus. You can't go wrong...and I can't wait to see where you guys end up.