There is one reason it took us a month to tell our parents and now two months to announce this to the world: We are trying to forget it ever happened.
The “it” is purchasing our return tickets back to the USA.
On July 31, we will take a dreaded (but maybe slightly eager) ride to the airport in Saigon. We will smile at immigration officers one last time. And an exit stamp will be squeezed into an overcrowded passport (though now that we added 48 more pages, there’s a lot more room for stamps), before we board the final one-way flight of our round-the-world trip. We are going home.
We are excited to see family and friends again, but this concept of home has never been more vague to us. Right now we are nomads. Homeless. Even though we are returning to DC, we do not have to stay there. Who knows where a job will present itself, and we would welcome the opportunity to live somewhere new.
After traveling around the world, Croatia, Portugal and Singapore top our list of other countries we would love to move to. But for now we are job searching in our homeland — with DC as our base — and perhaps do a little side research on expat opportunities abroad. We will see what comes our way, and like always, we are up for anything.
What will happen to our blog?
We will take you through our return and reintegration process in the same way we blogged about our predeparture preparation. Everyone is anticipating some sort of reverse culture shock for us (“What do you mean soup is $7?! That’s too much. I’ll give you $1.50.”). And you will probably be curious to learn how employers view our 14-month joyride. Let’s hope they are as adventurous and open-minded as we are!
Keep following us. This journey is not over.
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