For most teachers, all they are thinking about at this time of year is getting ready for the kids to walk through the door, or if it is in an international setting, they are thinking about what to do with the kids that have already arrived. But this teacher (a.k.a. me) is thinking about her next job. I love the kids that I get to work with and some of the staff as well, but I do think it is time to move on to something or somewhere else. I've already posted my resume on the www.tieonline.com site and have even heard back from one interested school in Hong Kong. I'm not too sure where I'd like to go next exactly, but I know it needs to be a city. I loved living in the city of Seoul very much and would love to get back to that kind of lifestyle.
What kind of lifestyle is that you ask? The kind where you get dressed all pretty with your slick high heeled shoes and you walk to the main street and hop in a cab to meet your friends for dinner and the cab ride cost a reasonable amount. The kind where you can hop the bus or subway to just about every location you want to go. The kind where there are constant cultural and entertainment events going on all the time. The kind where a visit to an art gallery, museum, historical landmark or crazy market just seems like the most normal thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. The kind were traveling out of the city or country for the long weekend seems doable and affordable. The kind where the people you work with share the kind of experiences mentioned above with you and they understand you because they too have traveled and lived in random places. The kind where the city doesn't sleep and if you don't want to either, it's okay because there is a lot to do. That is the kind of lifestyle I miss, that is what I crave. I am not sure if the location or culture will matter too much, it's just the lifestyle or philosophy of living that I miss the most.
Don't get me wrong, Williamsburg, VA is a beautiful place to visit or even study in or spend a summer at, but it isn't the place that holds the lifestyle I miss so much, so it isn't the place for me.