This is old news for some of you and out of the blue for others, so I’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions we’ve gotten over the past few months.
Q: Are you crazy?
Q: Why Russia?
Luke spent a summer in Siberia a few years ago and it’s been one of his dreams to go back for a while. One of the main goals for our time there is language acquisition, for Luke to use for further academic studies. He’s also excited to gain more teaching experience, another important step for his career trajectory.
Q: What will you be doing there?
Luke has been hired by a language school to be a full-time English teacher. I also plan to do some teaching on a part-time basis, while also pursuing some dreams and doing more professional development.
Q: Isn’t it cold there?
Q: Why now?
Luke is between graduate schools right now and we don’t currently have debts or dependents to tie us down. After reviewing our 5 and 10 year flow charts (no joke), we realized that if we were ever going to pursue this adventure, there’s no better time than now.
Q: When do you leave?
The first leg of our journey is to get from the West Coast back to the MidWest. We’ll be leaving SoCal at the end of June and flying for Saint Petersburg in mid-August.
Q: When do you come back?
We don’t have a specific date yet, but the teaching contract is for one year.
I also promised to reveal what our joint anniversary gift was from last week. You might have guessed it by now…it’s a travel guide to the Saint Petersburg area! We are so excited to explore our new city–some of our current top sights to see are the Hermitage Museum and the homes/estates of Dostoevsky, Pushkin, and Tolstoy.
Because after all, it did all start with Anna Karenina.