Saturday, September 1, 2012

The End (& The Beginning)

13 months, 2 weeks, and 1 day.  It is still hard to believe that I really did this. For as many times as I heard myself explaining this year to new people, border control officials, my potential employer, etc. it still almost sounds like someone else's life. Those of you who know me well know how big a leap this was for me.  I am the person who makes sure all the "i"s are dotted and "t"s are crossed. I have always known what will happen next, planned for it, and had a backup plan just in case. For the queen of logistics to take a year off... with a loose itinerary... and no definite plan at the end was a big huge deal for me.

And the greatest experience of my life.

It is now officially over. My year has come to an end, and while I never imagined myself saying this - I think it was time. I am tired. Physically... mentally... socially. (Is that even a real thing? Can you be socially tired?) I am ready to stop living out of a bag, to stop researching my next mode of transportation and accommodation, to stop telling my story over and over again.

And the cool thing is, the next step is an adventure in and of itself...

While I was in Argentina I interviewed for a job with a software company that was looking for native English speakers. The interview went great, they were willing to wait for me to return from the last part of my trip, to sponsor me for my residency, to provide health benefits, etc. so 10 days from now I board a plane to my new home - Salta. For these next 10 days I will be spending as much time as possible with these 2 adorable people...

...along with the rest of the Georgy crew.  As excited and comfortable as I am with the idea of moving to another country, the one thing that will be very difficult is to be away from my family. This past year has prepared us for it in a sense, but it's still a little different this time.  I'm sure there will be plenty of Sunday afternoon lunches by Skype.

I'm going to wrap up (this individual post, not the blog) with a few random observations floating around in my head:

- This blog has been read in 30 different countries.

- I have found 9 new flavors of Mentos while traveling. (The US is slacking in that department.)

- I only have 4 blank pages left in my passport

- I have been told repeatedly that I should write a book.  It is a possibility, we'll see...

- I apparently really like (and overuse) parentheses and ellipses...

I plan on continuing to blog for at least the beginning of my time in Argentina as I'm sure there will be some humorous moments while I completely start over in a country whose language I have not spoken for 3 months now.  I'm also planning on posting up random stories that I didn't have time to share while moving around so much (like my adventures traveling in, out, and through Israel with an Arabic middle name in my passport... fun, fun).

Stay tuned. More to come.