Glad you asked. As the school year winds down (we’re at about the three-week mark now), we have decided to stay in China for another year. We have plans, but ever since the Great Peace Corps Fiasco of 2007, I’ve learned not to broadcast what we’re hoping to do as what we’re really going to do. As they say, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”
Anyhoo, here is the TENTATIVE plan for the next 12-15 months.
July: Work at a private English training school in Shaoxing.
August: Move to Hangzhou
September – January: Joel teaching at Zhejiang University, Sarah taking classes at China Art Academy.
January/February: Spring Festival vacation. (Possible trip someplace in Asia, if we have any money, which is kind of unlikely, but if it were up to me I’d want to visit Taiwan or Singapore.)
February – July: More of the same, school-wise.
July: Work in at another private English school in China.
August: Elaborate intercontinental train-riding scheme, dependent on time and money factors.
August or September 2009: Return to U.S.
After this, things get beyond tentative to “downright fuzzy” or “totally unknown.” We will both be 29 years old, which if my calculations are correct place us in the “Responsible Adult” phase of life. It might more accurately be called the “Holy Crap I’m Almost 30, What Have I Done with My Life” phase.