…hello South Africa!
That's right, friends, I'm moving to Cape Town, South Africa for 6 months! When I asked readers to guess my big announcement, 21% of you guessed that I was moving out of the country (although only 1 person correctly guessed my two announcements). We've known about this move for a while, actually. Matt and I started talking about the possibility of this move back in August, and knew that it was pretty much a done deal by the end of 2012. And in three months it will be a reality. South Africa 2013 hits us all in less than 3 months!
So why we are moving? Our university has an exchange relationship with the University of Cape Town. Last year they sent us an advanced PhD student so she could do her research / take classes, and this year Matt was picked to be the student to head to South Africa. He'll be doing research, taking a few classes, and teaching a statistics class for Master's students for the semester. Me? I'm planning on
chipping away at my own research while hanging out on the beach. I'm actually pretty lucky because about 50% of my current work / projects / research can be done remotely, meaning I'll still be able to do things (as in get closer to my PhD, and make a tiny bit of monies) while in Cape Town. Get my work done in beautiful South Africa? High-fiving a million angels.
In the meantime, I've got a lot to take care of before we move out of our place in June. I'm frantically trying to wrap up all my other jobs (3 of them!), and projects that I can't work on while abroad. We have to move out of our house in June, and we'll be visiting family for a couple of weeks (in Northern CA & Oregon) before we arrive in Africa July 1st.
This is truly a wonderful experience, but also kind of sad. I've been living in Southern California for 8 years now, and as much as I loved growing up in Northern California, SoCal has become my home. And to be honest, Matt and I aren't entirely sure if we'll be returning here after our time in Cape Town. So, I've got 2.5 months left in this beautiful area, and I plan on making them count. Family, grad school friends, college friends, blog friends – I need to see you all before I leave! Although it will be a super busy couple of months, I'm really going to be making personal connections a priority. So let's hang.
Also, any good tips for living out of the country? I did a study abroad trip in college but I have a feeling that this will be a little different …