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A trip not like I had planned.


Ok, so in case you didn’t know, I am about to move to the Ukraine… for a year! If you asked me a year ago where I’d see myself in 2008, I don’t think I would have for a split second considered Kiev. But, a year later, a slowly dwindling bank account, and a better understanding of former Soviet culture made the thought of finding a job in this country very appealing.

I mentioned before that I had a phone interview recently for an English teaching job – an interview that was cut short by a bad internet connection. I had given up on that idea until a week later when I heard back from the recruiter offering me the position! I was overjoyed! Not only do I get to continue living in a Russian speaking country, but I will also make enough money to live a decent life and SAVE. AWESOME! And, if that wasn’t good enough, I will also be getting a whopping 10 weeks of vacation during that time! So, don’t worry, there will be plenty of travel stories to go around. My first break in very late December (they celebrate Christmas on January 7 in Ukraine) will be for three weeks! Oh, sweet travel time.

Time for the big move to the land of leather, stiletto heels, and stern faces is drawing near. I’m getting nervous and excited thinking about it. Wish me luck! I’m about to go shopping for some new work clothes!


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3 Responses to A trip not like I had planned.

  1. bethisdaydreamingofagoodfarmer October 15, 2008 at 12:00 am #

    Whoa! A whole year! I had no idea. I thought it was like a 6 month gig or something. It’s going to be great though, don’t worry! Think of all the new people you’ll meet and you’ll really get to see the place from the inside out, in my mind you will officially be a local. Maybe we can pop thru on the way to Moscow. Plus 10 weeks off – nice gig! You’re def. not in the U.S. anymore w/ that kinda time off. hahaha

    Living in a soviet country, maybe you’ll have the time & inspiration to write that great spy novel you’ve always thought about. 😉

  2. Shawn October 23, 2008 at 6:29 am #

    Welcome to the land of stilettos and salo. I hope you have a great time and I’m sure we’ll meet up sooner or later. Fellow foreigners stand out pretty easily after you know what to look for.


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