Thursday, 16 January 2014

Saying goodbye (for now) ...

Well, it’s been a while.  Over six months in fact.  And what a big six months it has been.  Filled with highs, lows and many other interesting experiences.  Since my last post in June 2013, I have:

  • Shipped Abbey from Canada to Australia.
  • Moved back to Australia (into a lovely inner-city apartment with my mum)
  • Secured and completed a six month teaching position at an independent Jewish school in Melbourne. (And not being Jewish myself meant that this experience created a steep learning curve!)
  • Been through a rigorous interview process and landed a plum job at one of Melbourne’s best co-educational private schools.
  • Graduated from my Master of Education program.

And that’s just all the practical stuff.  The emotions that come with all those events have taken their toll and that, combined with 18 months of straight teaching, meant that by the time summer holidays came around, I was exhausted.  I’ve had a couple of weeks to wind down and I’m now ready to consider the adventures that lay ahead.

First travel experience in China - Yangshuo, October 2008

After much consideration and with a heavy heart, I have decided to finish up with this blog.  It has been over five years since I posted the first piece as I moved to China.  I could never have guessed the pleasure that I could have gained from writing and posting pictures about the amazing adventures I was lucky enough to experience during my years as an expat.  It’s an experience I’d like to enjoy again (possibly Asia again and maybe Europe) but for the moment, I’m looking forward to re-establishing my life in Melbourne, re-aquainting myself with old friends and re-discovering Melbourne with all the amazing experiences the city has to offer.

Hiking in Canada - Galatea Lakes, August 2012

I still plan to keep ‘Anna’s Next Adventure’ online (never say never, right?) and may possibly post some of upcoming travel adventures but for the foreseeable future, I plan to focus my writing energies on starting and maintaining a professional blog, writing about and reflecting on the adventures I’ll be having in my classroom at my new school with the 24 young souls in my charge. 

Thank you for participating in my journey.

Until next time, happy adventures.