Big News #2

February 27, 2013 in My Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott

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Last month was pretty exciting with Big News #1. This is a continuation … though unrelated…

I love news and surprises and this is another thing I have been really excited to share with you!

Our simple living is making a big change…

….we are getting rid of a bunch more stuff because…

…We Are Moving to China!!!

I have always loved travel and my husband and I have wanted to travel internationally ever since we got married but it has never worked out. There has been lots of ‘almost’ but never anything that worked out..

Until Now!

I am fascinated with culture and have always really loved Asia. I have wanted to give the kids an opportunity to learn language and other cultures hands on. Both Bryon and I have always been interested in teaching college level classes.

So, we are headed to teach college English in China

The last few weeks have been exciting, scary, and expensive. (an understatement on each level)

We will be in a big city in northern China… small for China, but a big city for me. There are very few foreigners in the city so learning the language and culture will be very important.

I feel like this is the icing on our Simple Living cake/life

One of the reasons for simplifying and living minimalist was always to travel. We did lots of travel in the USA but have always really wanted to cross an ocean and really experience something different. The problem up to now has been the money. We could travel for a few weeks somewhere but we have wanted to live somewhere for at least 6 months so we can really learn about the culture and work on language.. really live, not just be tourists.

Until now we haven’t had the money to do the travel or the ability to take off that much time from our current work.

Teaching English has been the perfect solution. We have looked at teaching English before but it hasn’t worked out with the kids. Then we found this opportunity.  With this job we will both work 3/4 time but our class times will be different so we can still take care of the kids.

There will be markets of fresh fruits and vegetables, public transportation (so we can live without a car), a cute little apartment, The Great Wall, and all kinds of other countries close by that we can try and go see on our school breaks.  Oh, and lots of Chinese food :) 

The last few months has been a combination of learning to speak some Mandarin, learning how to teach English, trying to figure out all the visa requirements and tickets, how to move out of our apartment… and most of that time was spent up in Minnesota sitting in a hotel room because my husband had work up there.  … life has been a bit different, but it has been fun :)

I will post more next week about our stuff and how minimalism is affecting our travels.

I will still be blogging about simple living and minimalism but I might throw in a few extra posts letting you know about our life in China.

再見/再见 – Goodbye

Because of our travels and limited connectivity I won’t be online as much until we get settled.  I promise to get back to e-mails and comments in a few weeks.