I left my kids at home (Thailand at the time) and made the trip to the other side of the world. The “pre-assignment” trip is what they call it.
I told myself when I made that trip to come here with an open mind and from all accounts of what I was told – to not have high expectations of the place!!
Well it’s been almost 11 months now and to be very honest with you – it ain’t that bad. It really isnt! Yeah the winters are harsh and the school is a little too small for my liking (but my kids love it so I have to be ok with it!) and we can’t always find what we want at the grocery stores. But otherwise it really isn’t that bad.
In fact after 11 months here what I’m most thankful for is the people I’ve met..Both the local and the other expatriates. it really is the people that that make this a not so bad place to live. I’ve met some wonderful people, and I hope to see these new friendships that I’ve made blossom.
Tomorrow I’m hosting a couple who are here on their pre-assignment trip. I hope I’m able to answer their questions and share with them that living here can be a wonderful experience.