Summer reminds me of travel – road trips, flights, or discovering things closer to home. While we road tripped to North Carolina for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend, we do not have any immediate plans to travel out of state with our family. Shorter, kid-friendly trips are what work best for my almost 2 year old and 3.75 year old, though I DREAM about the time when I can take them both on an overseas flight to visit friends across the pond. Right now my son has really found his voice, and is using it VERY LOUDLY! I know airplane passengers would LOVE that.
Back in my college days I spent an entire summer in Tokyo, Japan, came home for ten days and flew to Vienna, Austria to study there for a semester. My time spent abroad was nothing short of amazing. I loved meeting some wonderful friends, being immersed in the culture, exploring and traveling to new places. Since then, I have been on a few trips, though it’s difficult to find the time and funds to do so.
To satisfy my overseas travel dreams for now, I am going to be living vicariously, or should I say viKERRYously through my friends Kerry & Matt, who left yesterday on their flight to Lima, Peru. They sold their home, cars, and severely downsized to become ex-pats in Peru, where Matt will be working as a school principal. I’m am so excited to follow their journey, as they acclimate to their new surroundings, culture, and language. You should check out their blogs too:
I once met a colleague during a summer internship, who had an opportunity to move his family and work in France for a few years. He described it as the “most exhilarating experience ever.” I truly hope Kerry & Matt find their experience to be the same!
This leads me to my next question – could I leave everything in Wisconsin and the U.S., pack my family, and move to another country for an extended period of time? At one time in my life (before kids), the answer was unequivocally YES, but now the answer is a big MAYBE.
What about you – would you want to live / work in another country?
I featured Kerry On and Untethered as part of the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge. Check out the link to read Tricia’s latest finds. I can definitely relate to her latest post on parenting young children.
What great blogs have you read lately? Read more & share what you found! I’ve really enjoyed checking out the variety of voices and making new connections in the blogosphere, and I’m sure you will too.