Monday, March 2, 2009

i made a pro/con list

We are moving to Kuwait! After two interviews this weekend, we had to make a decision: accept one of the positions or decline both and keep looking. At the start of this process (when did we start this?), we made a list of things we wanted in a school and what we hoped for in our lifestyle. To keep looking on the chance Justin might land a slightly bigger salary when the American School of Kuwait already met most of our wish list seemed silly. So we are happy, relieved, and ready to freak out in two weeks when this decision sinks in and we realize: we are moving to Kuwait.

It was a tough weekend. We felt fairly confident that Kuwait was a great option for us after the interview but didn't yet want to veto the possibility of working in Saudi Arabia. We spent Saturday obsessively googling anything we could find about the schools and the countries and swinging back and forth. Finally, on Sunday afternoon I made a pro/con list. For maybe the third time in my life. I'm not usually a fan of pro/con lists because by the time I sit down to make them, my mind is made up and I try to stack the list in favor of the answer I want. Not so this time.

What made this decision difficult was that some of the pros and cons were the same for either place. For example: I don't have to teach next year but have the option of tutoring for extra money. Huge, wonderful pro. On the con side: neither Saudi Arabia nor Kuwait are very pedestrian. People drive like maniacs everywhere and we'll likely need to lease our own car or share with another family if we want to avoid expensive taxi fares. Also, no alcohol or pork in either country. Well, we don't drink much but many Westerners learn how to make their own wine or beer in closets. Hm. There's no make your own pork recipe so I'll be making spaghetti carbonara from now until August. On the pro side again, Kuwait seems a better option because there are less restrictions placed on women there compared to Saudi Arabia. Another consideration was religious tolerance; Kuwait is more accepting of Christianity and other non-Muslim religions. Finally, there are other stay at home moms whose husbands are employed by ASK and so I'll be able to share some of my days with Claire with these moms and their kids.

One of the main reasons we decided to teach internationally was so that we could (duh) see the world, explore new cultures. Kuwait is so close to so much, we're already excited to visit here (with the Burchells in India! or maybe they'll want to go here) and here and here.

I'll keep you posted as I learn more about Kuwait and prepare for our move there. And you'll be privy to a few wild elations and meltdowns between now and boarding the plane.

7 comments:

DC Running Mama said...

Wow--only two weeks before you move? I would definitely go to visit Petra in Jordan if you have the chance. It's pretty close. I have to tell you...it was hard in the middle east as a woman. But, it will only make you appreciate the U.S. even more if you come back. It was hot in Kuwait, but the lack of humidity made it much more bearable.

jsmarslender said...

Oh, no. Two weeks until I freak out. Maybe sooner! And then I'll get over it and enjoy planning. We won't move until mid-August.

Joie said...

So excited for you guys! Yes, we can't wait to see you in whatever location ends up working out best. We're very glad that you have a job lined up and on the hard days, remember that God is going before you there and has a reason for making this work out and giving you peace in it. Much love- keep posting! :)

Anonymous said...

So... what will the new name be for your blog?
Mom

Anonymous said...

So... what will the new name be for your blog?
Mom

Anonymous said...

I really hate when it does that double-post thing...

Clare said...

how cool! i always wanted to teach abroad when i was in college. just never quite got the guts to leave mu comfort zone! at some point i have to go back and read more of your older posts.