There are two reasons why I have not been keeping up this blog:
The above photo is taken from the web cam on the day the movers came to get our stuff that’s being shipped to Vietnam. We think it’s about 5 cubic meters.
We got in the job search a bit late, starting in March after most of the major international teaching job fairs had already taken place. I was able to reactivate my Search Associates membership to get logged into the SEARCH database of schools and open teaching positions. We sent out about a dozen applications to schools all over the world, and within two weeks we’d made the decision to work and live in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam hadn’t really been on our radar, but now that we’ve had a few months to prepare we’re pretty excited about the move. I’ll be teaching secondary English, and Duarte will be teaching secondary Math.
The school is involved with a Syracuse University program called SUPA (Syracuse University Project Advance) that allows high school students to take certin Syracuse University college courses for credit during high school. Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for Syracuse where I’ll attend a training program to become an adjunct professor of Syracuse University. After that I’ll drive back to eastern MA and our family will catch a flight to Saigon the next day!
We’ve already made arrangements to rent a house near the school and have hired a nanny for Gabriel. Because the Syracuse training is so late in the summer, we’ll only have six days in Vietnam before faculty orientation states. Eek!
Before we knew I’d be going to Syracuse we’d planned to arrive a month early to get Gabriel settled with the nanny and do house hunting. Due to the change of plans we wanted to do whatever we could so that when we arrive we can get settled and get Gabriel into a routine quickly. Last time we did long-haul travel with him, he took two days each way to adjust to the time change. I’m hoping we can all get over the jet lag quickly again this time!
I’m hoping once we get to Vietnam and have more help around the house I’ll be able to keep up with this blog more so we can share photos, stories and useful information about life in Ho Chi Minh City.
Thanks for reading!