phnom penh street scene

phnom penh street scene

not much has been happening this week except work, so there’s not much to tell.

very early saturday morning i fly to siem reap to see the ruins of angkor wat, and i’ll be there until monday evening (memorial day). tuesday is my last day of work here before starting my trek home that night. i stay over in bangkok sort of–i’ll get to the fabulous conrad bangkok hotel around 10pm, but my flight to tokyo leaves at 6am! which means i’ll be checking out at 4 in the morning.

i wonder if i’m going to miss all this traveling when it’s finally done. i wonder if i’ll miss it enough to want to pursue another job that takes me to crazy places like phnom penh.

4 Comments

Brian

You said “i wonder if i’m going to miss all this traveling when it’s finally done. i wonder if i’ll miss it enough to want to pursue another job that takes me to crazy places like phnom penh.” I think you need to think again about this and what you current response would be…

My thoughts are, I like adventure and challenging situations. Given my experiences of working abroad, I’m interested in living abroad. Under what circumstances I might be able to do so, or when I’m really not sure. At this point I’m not sure just wanting to live abroad is reason enough.

I also have this personal self-constraint that I kind of wrote up a little bit about here. I like the things that I do next to somewhat follow from the things that I do now. I see this as a preventative mechanism against doing something because I’m so in love with the idea that I can no longer rationally see why it might be a bad idea.

Living and working abroad could be a mistake, but I’d hate it to be a mistake because I over-romanticized the idea. Given that I’m enjoying my role at O’Reilly I’m not actively looking for opportunities abroad.

Brian

Yet you’ve met a number of people at various US embassies around the world, why not write them a letter asking for potential positions?

I might do that if I either didn’t have a job or was looking for a new job, neither of which are the case.

Name

Email (optional)

Blog (optional)