When It Works In My Favor, I Go Biblical

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  1. secret agent woman says:

    Beats me – I don't have a job that allows long periods of time off, so I haven't given that any thought. Costa Rica is cool safe and probably reasonably economical?

  2. flutter says:

    Holy crap, that is fabulous!! Try Spain?

  3. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I would want some place where the language wasn't a huge issue–I think that would be easier on the kids. Unless you all want to do an immersion thing to learn another language.

    I'd think about what your family likes to do. Is is the beach? museums? skiing? backpacking? And then I'd go where we could spend a lot of time doing that.

    Florence sounds fantastic, but expensive. I actually think the Costa Rica idea has merit–I've had friends visit there who just love it.

    Good luck with all your choices–this is the opportunity of a lifetime!

  4. Erin says:

    That is so cool! I wish I had the chutzpah to even think about such an adventure! Just promise you'll keep blogging from wherever you go so that we can be there with you in spirit.

  5. kmkat says:

    No ideas at the moment, but I'll give it some thought. Mainly I just want to say, Wow! and Congratulations! and Wow! again. Awesome, truly awesome. (Yeah, my vocabulary is that of a 13-yo in 1992.)

  6. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    That sounds great. What excitement for you! Yes, you could write a book based off of what you've written here and what you experience in the next year. We'll all be waiting!

  7. lime says:

    let me go soothe my intense envy because, sugar, there is a corner of my heart that really only beats when i leave the US of A (not to say i lack patriotism, it's just that there is so much more out there, but yeah i know i am preaching to the choir here) and i honestly never thought i'd be raising my kids here and yet….

    anyway, it can be done. no doubt. me? i'd be spending time back in trinidad because it is my heart's home. i'd also want to spend time in greece because that's my ethnic motherland. would be kinda neato for you to spend time in finland and norway, no? i know a norwegian blogger with an american wife who i am sure would be of great help in getting you info if you go that way.

    as for medical coverage, will you still be covered by your employer during sabbatical?

  8. jess says:

    That's phenomenal!!! I'm so excited for you. I don't know where I'd go.. probably someplace warmish. South of France?

    Or- I've got it- California!!! I'll start looking for a nice family on my street who wants to live in the great lakes region for a year. Don't worry, we'll be the only caucasians in Cupertino so it will be all multicultural and stuff. When should I expect you all?

  9. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    I am so envious. Hmmm – Portugal is supposed to be cheaper. Italian or french countryside. Or perhaps the eastern countries. Or Spain?

    I'm no help, but

    I wanna go, I wanna go.

  10. Jeni says:

    AWESOME! Absolutely. Awesome!!! (I am allowed those extra exclamation points there, aren't I?
    Put me in the same category as Lime -as I am truly envious of this opportunity you have before you! For me, I would opt to go to Sweden -but then, you probably figured I'd say that since I'm really into ancestry and such.

    The son of a one of my best friends here teaches at one of the schools over in State College, PA and a couple years back, he and his wife exchanged lives, sort of, with a couple from Australia for a year. They lived in each others homes, used the others vehicles, etc. but of course, it also required him to teach there. Still and all, a fantastic opportunity regardless of those strings attached to it.

    Who knows though, maybe you can find so college professor with whom you could swap out homes and all that for the duration too?

    Just so fantastic!

  11. monica says:

    how exciting for y'all! I would say Europe, definitely – what about Ireland? Or Scotland? Funny people and great landscape..and not far from Denmark, so you could come visit and see those places from way back when you were in Sønderborg ??

  12. furiousBall says:

    that rules, since I'm your girlfriend, will you paint my toenails? something that doesn't make my toes look sad

  13. Jazz says:

    I have no idea how to go about it, my boss would never ever let me leave. Hell, she said I can't retire until she does…


    Ideally, where would you like to live? If you could live anywhere? Your wildest dream… Start with that and scale back from there.

  14. phd in yogurtry says:

    Oh happy day! And year ahead! What an amazing opportunity. I don't have any idea about the insurance. Guess you can start with your current plan and see what they "cover" overseas. I'm a big leaner toward Europe. So many countries to see in a short distance (relatively speaking). But as Jenn suggested, it's all about you and your interests. It would be cool if you could arrange a house-swap with an international family. But I don't much about that either. So much for getting blogger help, eh?

    I would post more but I can barely see through the green haze that has clouded my vision : )

  15. Pearl says:

    Just caught up with you and holy crap girl, run! RUN!!!!

    And then Google it. Google medical insurance Spain. 🙂 Go to Europe, write write write, force the children to smell various cheeses, and REPRESENT, BABY, REPRESENT Minnesota.


  16. choochoo says:

    wouldn't mind a sabattical myself after the week/working weekend I just had. I'm totally jealous.

  17. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Hallelujah! I've heard good things about Albania–like Greece but less expensive. I'd totally do a long-term overseas thing–think of it! And if you go anywhere in Europe you can travel between countries more easily than if you lived on another continent. What an opporunity! Hooray for you!

  18. Anonymous says:

    having cheap wine is important. that is why I sabbatical in the alley behind the liquor store.

  19. Middle Aged Woman says:

    Gotta be Europe just for ease of access to all those countries (otherwise I'd have said New Zealand!). I'm thinking the Toulouse area of France, near the Spanish border. It's warm!

  20. Pam says:

    Yay!Sounds great.Close your eyes, and stick a pin in your country's map.See where you land. Better still,the world map and hope you don't land on somewhere like Yemen.I wouldn't be swapping my house for a cave anywhere in the high mountains of Pakistan either.I don't think it's sugar your neighbours would have stacked in the cupboards.Maybe you could peek through a squinty eye a little bit.Last time a co-worker did this game blindfolded, to find where to spend her holidays in Australia,her pin landed at the waterworks in interstate Victoria, which after much consideration(not!) she declined.Come to Oz – the language is the same. We're a long way from anything else,but our waterworks are first class! You could go to Spain and find out if the rain really does fall mainly on the plain.I think they're laying off people at aforementioned waterworks 'cause it's not falling anywhere here in Australia,believe me!!

  21. lime says:

    oh, and just to let you know…today's slice of lime is dedicated to you. 😉

  22. Michelle Wells Grant says:

    Holy crap, me thinks your world is about to crack wide open and you are going to love it! I'm not a broad who can talk about abroad but wherever you land will be the place meant for you. The prospects are so, SO, SO exciting! I just can't wait to hear how this unfolds. As for the dumb students, I don't know how teachers get through the day sometimes … I'm sure it's utterly horrific. But ultimately, I really only heard one word in your post: manuscript? MANUSCRIPT? Let it be true! This is what we've been asking for!

  23. Becky Cazares says:

    Yippee! See, there IS a place where the truly GOOD teachers go to rejuvenate! It's called Sabbatical heaven.

    Anywhere you choose will be the "right" place. I'd opt for southeast France but have no idea how expensive that would be (although there definitely is cheap wine) nor if health insurance is to be had. I lived two years in Grenoble in a previous life, but I'd opt for a smaller town, if possible. Near the Alps would not only put you nearer your Minnesota-comfort zone, but nearer the heart of Europe and access to literally everywhere.

    Don't let language be an issue – give it three months and you'll be fine. What lucky, lucky kids and Groom. And 80% of your pay is a chunk. My retirement is just 65% of my previous pay but I truly haven't noticed any significant drop.

    Fabulous, fabulous news! Oh, wait, you'll still be blogging, right? Whew! You know we faithful readers can't live without that!

  24. Anonymous says:

    My dad went on sabbatical when I was in 1st grade (Oakland) and 8th grade (Hawaii) and really that's all I remember about elementary school. I was bummed when they went to China and NZ when I was out of the house. We ate lots of rice, noodles and tunas and only had bikes in Hawaii. It can be done and done cheap and is a great experience for all. If Groom enrolls in a program, housing may be more available. Have fun dreaming and planning
    Julie B

  25. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    How exciting! Do you need a nanny who can spell and has a pretty good grasp on grammar? I'm so delighted for you!!

    You might want to consider a country that doesn't have Minnesota-like winters, just for the novelty of it. I would be hard-pressed to choose from among Provence, Tuscany, Japan, Nepal, Tahiti, Greece… I know, not helping.

    My daughter went waterfall rapelling in Costa Rica recently and absolutely loved the place.

  26. Bob says:

    I'd pick somewhere in Europe – 'cause everywhere else in Europe is either a train or cheap plane ride away. Next would be Greece – you've got the Mediterranean countries, the middle East and northern Africa all within easy reach.

  27. Yo is Me says:

    oh my mary gah almighty. i've missed a lot without internet.

    i am SO happy for you. really, this made my heart giggle and swell for you. such a great adventure. i don't have any suggestions as i'm still getting over the shock and excitement for you 🙂

    whatever you do, it will be effing awesome.

    have you thought about alaska? hahaha! alaska. that's funny.

    i would suggest italy. i know a blogger in poland, she's an expat. france? hearing toddlers speak french is adorable. i would go just to hear that. they sound so smart. YOUR KID SPEAKS FRENCH??!! HUT HE'S NOT EVEN THREE!!

    yeah, shocker. french kids speak french.

  28. Yo is Me says:

    BUT he's not even three. not hut.

    tut tut, looks like rain 🙂

  29. chelle says:

    *squeal!* Sabbatical!!!!!!!!!!!
    That is like the ultimate.
    We have had fantasies about the sabbatical. Except with my husband he would work in another lab so the coverage for health care would be through that university. Can you do that? Like teach "English" in a foreign land and reap the benefits of healthcare?

    The interent has to be an awesome place to look around for places to stay.

    I like the idea of a hosue swap, b/c you would be renting out anyway right? That kind of freaks me out. Someone living in my house, lounging on my couch in their underwear, sleeping in my bed … oddness but for SABBATICAL …

    OOoo go somewhere warm! Please promise to still blog from abroad.

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