Very exciting news for Peter and I!!
Starting in April, we'll be moving to Europe for a year-long 'sabbatical'!
Yup, we're taking a year off to go live abroad and travel! Thanks to my awesome bosses*, I've secured a 1 year unpaid leave from my fantastic job, meaning we can go have this adventure and then I can come back to continue doing the work I love. I'm feeling pretty lucky!
Peter and I have been saving for a big trip for several years, and all the pieces fell into place for a 2013 start. The plan (subject to much change as we work out details) is to go live in a college city in Poland called Wrocław, establish a bit of a life there, do short trips from there (hello Prague & Vienna!), then we'll spend the last month or so traveling further afield (Korea?).
|Soon this blog will be written from someplace old & European|
The official approval from my work came through just before the holidays so Peter and I have started the serious planning. We decided a few days ago that one thing we're going to do is go to a ball in Vienna at the Imperial Palace in January 2014. A chance to waltz in a palace ball room? oh yes. Just need to step up our Viennese waltz practice over the the next year... which I think we'll have time to! Dance will be a part of our year off; the point is to spend time doing things we try to cram in the margins of normal life - dance lessons, reading, learning photography, taking some courses (the Polish uni has courses taught in English), and most of all - travel.
Stay tuned for desperate pleas for leads on people who might want to sublet our apt for a year and for the hero who will take a cat for us!
I expect this blog will get a whole lot more interesting soon. :)
*The awesomeness of my bosses can't be overstated - this is a huge headache for them (they have to back fill my position and structure all my projects so they can be handed over, and then a year later, transition it all back again). I'm super lucky that they are totally supportive of me doing this!