After moving abroad I started compiling monthly roundup posts about life as an expat in Southeast Asia and all the nitty gritty that goes on behind the scenes here at Travel Lush. Head here to read Month 14, Month 15 & Month 16.
The month of December was full of contrasts. In many ways, it was one of the most low-key months of what ended up being an adventure-filled 2015 and in others it was the most hectic and eventful…but I’ll get to that in a bit.
On paper things have been pretty, well, ordinary. I’ve now been living in Phnom Penh for five months and aside from a couple quick trips to Bangkok I’ve been spending the majority of my time working and (slowly) getting to know this crazy city.
At this point I’ve developed a routine. And it is just thrilling!
My days consist of working from my laptop in my apartment and escaping every so often to meander around the city taking photos, walk to the nearby shopping mall to go grocery shopping, or dine at one of my favorite Phnom Penh eateries (of which there are many!).
So exciting, right?
But despite being a bit slow paced, life in Phnom Penh hasn’t exactly been easy for me. I think it’s been clear from my general lack of posting on this blog that something has been a bit off. I’m the first to admit that expat life isn’t always easy. While it has its rewards, this lifestyle is oftentimes a difficult and unpredictable one. And I have been in a big rut since I moved here.
With that being said, it isn’t necessarily living in Phnom Penh that’s been the issue. I truly do love this city, despite its many flaws. My reason for not adjusting to expat life here is a bit more personal, more logistical.
Since moving to Phnom Penh I had a feeling that this move just wasn’t going to work. And, to be perfectly honest, by month two I had a gut feeling that my stint in Phnom Penh would be short-lived. Throughout the past few months I’ve spent a lot of time second guessing my decision to move here and pondering other options. So, after a lot of thought, some planning and an intriguing job offer that came Aaron’s way, I’m ready to announce that we are officially moving on from Phnom Penh.
What can I say, sometimes things just don’t work about the way you expect. And that’s okay!
I’m not going to give you all the details of my big move just yet. But I will say that I will be returning to my home state of California this month. Actually I’ll be back in the US in just six days…surprise!!
I’ll be spending an entire month visiting with family and friends, snuggling with my kitty and eating all the Mexican food I can get my hands on! And I am so, so excited.
So what’s next?
Don’t worry guys, I’m not moving on from expat life. Last month I was busy making preparations for another huge move. And come February, Aaron and I will be heading to an entirely different part of the world. It’s a city (and country!) that I’ve never been to before, a place that’s completely foreign to me. And while I’m super nervous about making such a big move to a place I’ve never set foot in before, I am actually getting really excited about the prospect of exploring an entirely new part of this incredible world. Southeast Asia has been good to me but after spending the better part of two years living and traveling here, I’m ready to move on and see what else is out there. And I’m especially excited about all of the travel opportunities this new move will offer me.
I promise I’ll make the official announcement very soon! But for now I will give you one hint. It’s freezing cold there…
What do you think? Where do you think I’m moving next?