So, I’ve never considered myself a good writer.  As a matter of fact, before the last four years spent in advertising, and getting my MBA, I thought I was a really bad writer.  That being said, keeping up a blog is a challenge.  And I do better when I have one central theme to focus on.

Problem is, life is a big mishmash, so…my thoughts aren’t seeming to fit into neat, short little blog posts.  Everything is a series of lists, websites, discussions, notes written on small pieces of paper.  But, excitingly, there is progress.  Enough so that focus is beginning to emerge.  If nothing else because I have looming deadlines – ACK!

Thanks to my great friend Cheryl, I have a renter for my townhouse!  But, he’s moving in April 22nd.  Lucky for me, I now work at a Jewish school, and have that whole week off for Passover.  (Yes, universe, I am listening.  And being thankful.)  So, for the first time in 12 or so years, I will have a roommate – my lovely Mom.  She’s a saint, taking in both me and Clover for my last few weeks before I leave.

More good stuff:  News out of Turkey is that they will be hiring 40,000 ESL teachers over the next few years.  Wowza.  I think I can find a job!  School starts in August, so my current thinking is move, enjoy a “free” couple of months acting like a woman of leisure, then start making money, honey.

I’ve also made some great new contacts that are giving me the inside scoop.  Big thanks to Muge, who couldn’t be more helpful!  She’s hooked me up with her family and friends in Istanbul.  I’ll have a great network of people there when I arrive. I’ve also joined InterNations, an online network for global thinkers, and My Merhaba, an online forum for expats in Turkey.

And I’m looking at flats – that would be apartments for the Americans.  🙂  Lately, I’m focusing my search on three or four neighborhoods in Istanbul.  I’m looking at what I’ll actually be able to afford, which is interesting, especially as I can’t exactly drive by them at the moment.

That’s just the big stuff.  I’m also figuring out what to pack/store/sell, medical insurance, banking abroad, shipping a dog thousands of miles, goodbye (for now) parties, and how to eat as much tex-mex and pork possible before leaving.

The good news?  As things are finally coming together, I’m feeling more confident.  You all are bolstering me.  People I don’t even know are offering help.  I continue to be grateful and totally excited about this adventure, and taking you all along with me for the ride!



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 01:31:02

    Thinking of you! For me, getting rid of all my stuff was the craziest part. I can honestly say that I have never missed a thing (I did bring all my shoes though). When are you going?


    • houstonchick
      Apr 08, 2011 @ 20:37:37

      I leave mid-May. Just got my townhouse rented, so now I can book flights for me and Clover. Woo! Slowly but surely going through all my stuff, deciding what to sell, what to keep, what to store. I still have some of your stuff that I inherited! 🙂


  2. Bill Shirley
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 13:48:50

    I moved to Calgary for a year. Culturally not a big shock (Boston would have been more), but moving blind to a new city and having to deal with expat issues was exciting if sometimes aggravating.

    Of course, i was a mere non-stop flight from home. Enjoy!


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