It’s been two months since my last blog entry. Two months since I wrote the conclusion of my African story. At that time, secretly, I was already working on the sequel… I was actually job hunting for a teaching position abroad. I didn’t care in which country or what subject, but I knew I was ready for a new adventure!
The idea first came up when I was traveling in Kenya. During a night out in Nairobi, I ended up having drinks with a few international teachers who convinced me to follow their steps. “You’re a teacher, you’re single (yes, that’s a prerequisite for the job!), you love to travel, you adapt easily to new cultures, what are you waiting for?” Hell yeah, I thought, what am I waiting for?
Well, it didn’t take long before I was back ‘en route’! As soon as I received a satisfying offer, I signed my contract, packed my bags, said my goodbyes and hasta la vista! Here I am today, writing this blog in my cozy apartment in Dongguan, China. For the next year, I will be teaching French and English as an second language at the International School of Dongguan.
I could have easily chosen to go back to Ottawa, back to my ‘normal life’. But something deep down of me wasn’t ready for this, yet. This is one thing I’ve learned (and mastered!) in the past few months: to know how to follow your gut feeling, your heart, your dreams. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
It’s been one month now since I set foot in one of the most powerful and populated country in the world. China is quite a drastic change from Africa, I must say! Nevertheless, I’m slowly adapting to this new culture and surely enjoying this new life! Let’s hope this year will be as exciting and enriching as the previous one. I’ll keep you posted! Zàijiàn! ✌🏻️