The Beginning of the Beginning

For the past nine months, we have been planning a very big trip and I’m at a point now where I can begin writing about it and then eventually chronicling our travels. I’m on sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year so in August, Sujata is quitting her job, we are renting the house, packing our clothes into backpacks and heading out.

Sujata and the kids are keeping track of the preparation on their own blogposts: fretzesontheloose.com.

Our plans are still a bit up in the air, but for now, they look something like this: in August we will head to New Zealand and probably stay there for three weeks. It’s still ski season there at that time and our Colorado passes are good in NZ, so we are hoping to get a few runs in. After that, we’ll head to Austrialia for around three weeks where we will visit Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef and Ayres Rock, among many other places, I’m sure. Next, we’ll head to Vietnam and Cambodia. I really want to go to the Buddhist theme park in Ho Chi Minh City.

After Vietnam, we’ll go to Japan, where all of us are going to eat Raman for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We’ll head to India for the holidays where we will spend some time with Sujata’s family in Pune. We’ll also hit the site in Delhi and then go down south the Kerala.

Somewhere in between all that, we may be in Romania for an extended period of time. This is the up in the air part because I applied for a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship in Timisoara, Romania and if that goes through we’ll be there from October until January. The kids are talking about all the excursions they want to take through Europe, including Greece, Italy and France.

In January, we’ll pack up and head to Dublin where we will live until June. I’ll be teaching at the University of Maynooth and leading a group or Regis students on a semester-long study abroad trip.

So, that’s what’s shaping up.

 

 

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