- While I have to get up at 05:30, I am finished everyday by 1630. I can pick up an extra class in the evening if I so chose. I can run errands like I will today. I can go home and go to bed at 8pm since I do get up at a ridiculous hour.
- Unlike teachers at a "regular" school, like primary in the states, I get loads of paid vacation. I feel entitled to it since I got so little vacation in Spain and rarely got paid vacation.
- By living in foreign countries I get to travel to other foreign countries, that is time and finances permitting which they often don't.
- Here's a biggie-I get to teach. I am not certified in the States but I like teaching. Until I decide about getting my Master's, this is the only way I can do it.
An additional part of the conflict is that my dating life has withered in other countries. Do I need to settle in one place before I meet someone and does that place need to be the US? Do I want to stop traveling just to meet someone? And if I'm not ready to stop? If I do settle down, when do I want to be? There are some very cool looking Masters in Teaching with certification around. The Spanish Bilingual elementary education component in cities like Oakland or Denver would be up my alley.
Last year I applied to work for the US government as a Foreign Service officer. Though I wasn't selected, I did make it to the last step of the process and feel I owe it to myself to try again. A life in public diplomacy living abroad on someone else's dime would be fantastic, but would it be just as lonely as living/moving the way I have been? Yet I don't want to kick myself later for not attempting it.