Our trek across Asia has come to a close. It was decided that one year away from school was enough for the kids. The desire to be settled before the start of the coming school year required a good bit of advanced planning too. Conducting a job search and interviews between the hours of midnight and 6am across three countries (Thailand, Vietnam and China) was a unique experience. In Thailand there were roosters crowing behind each phone call. In China, I had a 2Mb Internet connection and had to use a VPN to bypass the Great Firewall for video conferencing. In other words, a good deal of luck was involved.
In the end, I was happy to accept an offer from a not-for-profit company in Portland. I leased an apartment, contracted movers to haul our stuff from Austin, setup real estate agents and lenders – all at 2am while kids slept in the top bunk. With exception to choosing the wrong moving company, things have gone like clockwork. Yesterday I left our new apartment, driving a new car (with a new driver’s license) to pick up a new suit for my new job. We’ve arrived in Portland at the perfect season and things feel good.