I’m a reluctant blogger and a bit of a technophobe. I started and maintained this site for about 5 months in 2013 to share my preparation and my experiences during a 3-month sabbatical. You can go back to the beginning if you’re interested. I was amazed and grateful that people not in my immediate family found and read what I wrote.
I moved to Amsterdam in January 2015 to start a new job, and a new adventure. Living abroad was a dream for a long time, and my sabbatical experience pushed me to act to make the dream a reality. I’m pretty damn proud of myself (and my husband) for making this move. And I felt like maybe I had something more to say, so here we are. Again.
Here are few things it may help to know about me:
I’m married, no kids. I grew up on Long Island, NY, a place I don’t feel very connected to now. I come from a great family, many of whom are still on Long Island. Most recently, I lived just outside of Boston. I was in Boston for over 20 years, which sounds crazy. As of January, 2015, I live in Amsterdam. That sounds pretty crazy, too.
I was raised Catholic, and although I don’t identify as such now, I am grateful for the grounding in tradition, faith and service that I was given. Due in large part to my Catholic education, my professional life has been spent working to bring health care and first-world medicine to the world’s poor. While my job in Europe does not involve direct service provision, I still see my vocation as expanding access to care. It is work that is deeply rewarding. It has exposed me to new ways of thinking, new places, and experiences I couldn’t have dreamed of when I was young and on Long Island.
I have a terrible sense of direction (hence the title of this blog), which sometimes gets me in trouble. But sometimes it helps me find something unexpected, and wonderful.
I love to travel, and I love languages. I have been intentionally studying French for the last three years. I need books and I am always reading something. I have two bikes in Amsterdam and cycling to and from work is the best part of my day. I love to fly, although I wonder if I am smart or gutsy enough to be a pilot. I love Springsteen to the point of embarrassment. I don’t like to cook. I am afraid of birds (with the permanent exception of Dexter).