Thursday, March 15, 2012

Long Time Coming

Wow. I really have been ignoring this blog. I will start by saying that Karen and I have decided to end our Asian odyssey and are moving back to Nova Scotia in July. I know that we have said that in the past but I assure you that, this time, it is true. As I write this my wife and I are living on two different ends of this ridiculous country and only see each other about once a month. We moved to Saigon back in May and Karen got work almost immediately while I stumbled around between jobs, while my bank account hemorrhaged funds, for almost six months before packing it in and heading back to Hanoi with my tail between my legs. I am now back at ACET, working a full time teaching schedule, while running the R&R Tavern at night. It is a massive load of hours which, by no small measure, is making up for the massive lost to my savings during my time in Saigon. Karen decided to stay in Saigon and complete the contract for her school which finishes at the end of April. She will, at that time, join me in Hanoi for our remaining two months in Vietnam.
Now that I have planned to depart this country, I realize that, as much as I have complained about this place, I will miss it forever. I have seen and done some pretty amazing things here. I will definitely leave a part of me behind when I go. the truth is I don't know if it is that I left it or that Hanoi took it, but either way it will be here.
It's been a hell of a ride, and I don't know if I will ever post in this blog again. But, if any of you are still reading. It has been an honor and a pleasure to share this bizarre, life changing experience with those of you who were interested enough to read along. Well over a hundred posts, spanning 7 years in Asia. I hope this is not the last adventure I have that is worth writing about, but you never know. Life has a way of trapping you from time to time and Nova Scotia, particularly has a tendency to hold on pretty tight.
Those of you I am leaving. I have been privileged to know you, and those of you who I am coming back to. I can't wait to see you.
Signing off.


Anonymous said...

I wish you both all the best for your "coming home". Thanks again for having me stay with you.
Mark from Germany

joe said...

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Joe Pinzone
Casting Producer
P: 212-231-7716
Skype: Joefromnyc