You Know How On Extreme Makeover They Drive the Bus Away for the ‘Big Reveal’? This Is Kind of Like That, Only Nobody Gets a Jungle Theme in the Living Room

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  1. lime says:

    wow! was all she could say, just wow!

    what an adventure it's already been and what an adventure it promises to be. i can't wait to read the updates, even if i am going to be just the eensiest bit envious. but mostly….how exciting.

    how soon do you shove off?

  2. Shania says:

    So happy this is working out for you! You'll still be blogging, right?


  3. Jeni says:

    Boy, I'm glad to hear you've got this set up now but what a bunch of rigamaro you've had to go through to get this set up!
    Don't know if I mentioned this to you before or not, but my good friend and neighbor (Shirley -who like her sister and my best friend, Kate, has known me forever) -well her son and his family did an exchange with a couple (and their children) from Australia. He teaches school in State College (where Penn State's main campus is located) and the family they "swapped" with was also a teacher so they actually swapped jobs, homes, etc., for a year. Quite the cultural learning experience for both families involved.

  4. ds says:

    Oh, my. I never realized the Prague deal went sour. You have had a time of it. Turkey sounds wonderful! Such a fascinating land & culture(s)–I think it has all worked out for the best (aside from you & Groom having to be Whirling Dervishes before you get to see the actual whirling).
    Congratulations and good luck!
    I hope that one of your sabbatical projects is labeled "Continue Blogging."

  5. kmkat says:

    I'm so glad that At the Bus Driver asked his question and gave you the opportunity to tell us all about your plans. Turkey will be awesome, I'm sure. You will continue to blog, won't you? WON'T YOU?

  6. Jocelyn says:

    I totally intend to blog from Turkey–hell yea, I'm going to need something to keep me in touch with the familiar and to use as an outlet.

    I have read reports that both Blogger and WordPress are blocked in Turkey, though (YouTube is for sure), so I may have to figure out Blogging Plan B if Blogger is a no-go there. Maybe I'll get my own domain…heh-heh-heh. Or maybe I'll hit someone up to do the posting for me, if I email them on…

    We leave August 3rd.

  7. SQT says:

    Holy cow! That's major. I went to school in Japan while I was in college– one of the best experiences of my life. But I only had to take me on the trip! I can't imagine the enormity of what you're doing. But good for you. It'll be awesome.

  8. secret agent woman says:

    What an ordeal just to find a place to stay. I'm so glad you have that settled at last.

    I know the next bit of time will be harried, but all worth it once you get there.

  9. unmitigated me says:

    I would be happy to do your posting for you, while you are gone. It would be like getting a special preview! I'll email you about it. I am more out of breath reading about this than I was chasing after teachers last week!

  10. Jazz says:

    Turkey! Wow…

    I've always wanted to go to Turkey.

    And if you need someone to post, I'm willing to do it for you.

  11. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    Okay, this is the most exciting post I've read in a long time. My husband and I have talked about living abroad, and now I can see that it is able to be done. Of course, neither one of us teaches anywhere, but he does work at a university and I am in a profession-do those count?
    My daughter's boyfriend's sister works for the state department, and is going to be posted in Turkey for her next assignment. She will have a year of language training and then go to Ankarrah (sp?). When she has settled in, my daughter and I have decided that we are going to visit her. I don't know that the girlfriend realizes that we are serious, but we are. I think Turkey will be awesome. I can't imagine a more exciting and educational place for your children.
    I will be looking forward to every post that you are able to make, and I would be more than willing to post for you, but I see others have offered. So, I will just wait and enjoy as you are able to provide.
    Oh, and holy sh*t, August 3 is almost here! Get back to your packing!!!!

  12. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I bet Al the Bus Driver needed a stiff drink after that discourse;)
    How totally cool. Turkey! Right in the smack-dab center of East and West–couldn't have picked (or ended up with, as it were) a better place to stand around in utter awe of history and culture and couscous.
    So cool.
    And you are so funny.

  13. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    What an adventure! This will be fantastic. I hear the very best things about Turkey, too. It was meant to be.

  14. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Wow. I'm so glad you've got a good and workable (did I mention stupendous and enviable) plan! It will be fantastic for all of you – you may want to stay in Europe forever, and who could blame you? I'm really quite thrilled to hear this because as you probably know, I am going to be living vicariously through you for a year.

  15. Pam says:

    The Aussie let you down *tsk*. Fortunately for the rest of the country, not all of us are that rude. Obviously Turkey was meant to be for you though! What an exciting post Joce!

  16. christopher says:

    Tremendous! All the best on your sabbatical/family adventure!

    I can't wait to read your perspectives from a new vantage point.

  17. Deborah says:

    What I want to know is, where did you pick up your time management skills? You know, the ones that allow you to write lengthy (and interesting) posts while also being overwhelmed and stressed out and moving all the second floor furniture???

    I know you stay up late, but this post must have been an all-nighter. But pushing aside gentle ribbing, I want to offer my congratulations at your having been able to rent out the house, and finding such agreeable tenants. And now that the Big Day has been announced, I can get myself into a state of pleasureable anticipation over the impending Turkish adventures of you and yours, related in your inimitable style. I can hardly wait for 'Minnesota meets Mesapotamia'!!! (more or less…the aliteration was irresistible)

    All wonderful news and it's quite lovely to catch up on all the details. So glad things have worked out for you thus far, and I have no doubt that you will make sure they continue in that direction. I'll have my ear to the ground.

  18. geewits says:

    You don't have to worry about the kids being bored. You can just say, "Okay we'll do extra scoolwork." Since you will be homeschooling, they will most likely want some away time. I see a book in this and when it is made into a movie Bryce Dallas Howard will play the part of "Jocelyn Who Gets Things Done."

  19. actonbell says:

    Cappadocia! Ah, the thought takes my breath away, I want to see that area before I die, and you will be in that region for a year. A year. This is so adventurous, I admire all the work and perseverance it took to make this dream come true.

    You'll have lots of time to write and read, and I'm looking forward to hearing about it.

  20. jenevaweavings says:

    Hey Jocelyn, I've been to Cappadocia on a 21 day tour of Turkey a few years ago…wow, what an opportunity. Life is no doubt full and fuller as we head to steamy MN in a couple weeks. I look forward to reading your blog from Turkey…as I plan how we are going to get to China in the next year…perhaps for a year of teaching English!!!

  21. Patois says:

    Honk honk honk!

    At least that's what Al would do.


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  23. Diesel says:

    I think it's dangerous for you to venture to any country with a more robust public transit system than the U.S. If you run into 2 bus drivers a day on average, you'll die of exhaustion within a week.

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