Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Year on the Other Side of the World

2014.  Remember when that was far, far away in the future?  I certainly would not have guessed where my life would be in 2014 when I first ventured out into the "real" world (whatever that is supposed to be).  So what does 2014 hold?  (The parts I know so far...)

We'll spend another year living in Budapest.  My teaching contract is signed for the next school year, so that's for sure!

We hope to buy a car.  The nice thing about living in a big European city is public transportation.  It gets us everywhere.  But getting off the beaten path and pulling out our tent along the way sounds really fun.  So that's our next hope in the adventure.  We'll see how it pans out.

I will be teaching Grade 1.  Ahhh!!!!  I've never taught children that young.  Going from 8 year olds to 6 year olds may not sound like a big jump for many of you, but trust me, it is!  I'm mostly excited, anticipating the new career adventure (my 15th year of teaching) and asking lots of questions from experts of 6 year olds.  More on this topic and my attempts at survival will be posted here.

We will travel.  Of course.  Places are yet to be determined and will no doubt be based on hoped-for car and good deals on Wizz Air.

I will probably shop too much after watching way too many seasons of What Not To Wear over the holiday.

My husband will finish grad school.  YES!!!  This will change my life!  Oh, and his too.  Anyone who has had a partner going through school while you're together... you know what I mean.  (Especially when you're the one who is the bookworm nerd and he is the opposite of you in most ways.)  So cheers to us him on February 27th!

This is what I know about 2014.  The best part, however, is all the stuff I don't know yet.  So Happy New Year and may all the "unknown" things bring you adventure!


  1. God's best for you both in 2014. Look forward to hearing about both of your adventures in and out of the classroom.

    Sue G

  2. Hi, I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog. My husband and I (with our 2 kids) are teachers at the International School Manila in the Philippines. We have another year to go on our contract here (have been here for 3 years so far) bt are looking to get jobs in Eastern Europe and AISB is top on our list! Your blog is great and it confirms my thoughts that Budapest would be a great place to live and work. Thanks, I'll keep reading! -Courtney

    1. Courtney, let me know if you have any questions about Budapest or AISB. Enjoy that Philippines sun shine and heat! :)

    2. Thanks, Kimberly! You'll probably hear from me as it gets closer to job hunting time. What part of AK are you from? I used to live in Fairbanks and Anchorage years ago - one of my most favorite places. Take care! Thanks, again. -Courtney

    3. Courtney, I'm from Nikiski (in the Kenai area). Don't meet many other people who've lived in AK living the expat life. Send me a line when job hunting comes around. I'll try to help however I can. Cheers!

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