I discovered a few days ago that I am a human slingshot. Just go with me for a minute, okay?
When I was nine years old, my family moved from Vermont to Hungary, where my mom taught English for a year. When we return to the States, after a short stop in Vermont, we drove across the country and moved to Oregon. Where I have spent the majority of my days.
Now, fast forward almost TWENTY years, I just got back from 14 months of teaching English in China. After a couple month stay at home in Oregon, I am driving across the country to move to Nashville, TN. Yes, that is correct I am moving to the southeast United States. Once again, uprooting myself, taking on a new city where I don’t know (hardly) anyone and continuing this adventure we like to call life. At least they speak English in Nashville – I just need to work on my drawl.
What does this have to do with a slingshot? Visualize it for a second… I was in Vermont – then was pulled back, across the Atlantic Ocean to Hungary – after a year, I was flung back across the ocean, past where I started, to the opposite coast of the USA.
This time, I was pulled the other way… the human slingshot stretched me back across the Pacific Ocean to Shanghai, China and I’m continuing to be hurled across the country again, until I land and settle in Tennessee.
A human slingshot. So… if I ever decide to make my way back to living on the West Coast (which I would love to do sometime because I still don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to live in the glorious Pacific Northwest), I might just have to spend a year in Africa or something first.
This all being said… people keep asking if I’m going to continue blogging. Well, about what? Life in America surrounded by a bunch of Americans just isn’t as entertaining, challenging, exciting and blog-worthy as living in Shanghai. On the other hand… I’m moving to Tennessee, I’m a Pacific NW girl, who just spent how long in Asia? Yea, Tennessee might present me with some culture shock. That and I just enjoy writing and having an avenue to ramble on about things for longer than the typical Facebook status message.
I cannot, however, write about life in Nashville on a blog named “Life in China” which is why I am here to announce I am starting a new blog… Life in Crazy Town that is juliakeepswriting.wordpress.com. So please subscribe to my new blog, and continue following my life’s adventures post China.