Sorry for procrastinating on the blog. Semi-retirement has been busy.
I actually haven’t wrote since summer. And this just in — seven weeks of summer holidays is a long time! Some might even argue that I’ve been on vacation for over 2 years now. And if you ask some of my former colleagues, they might even wonder aloud if I’ve ever really worked at all.
The perks of living my life based on an international teacher’s schedule are many. The constant travel, endless summer and reasonable cost of living are a few of the big ones. But, by far the greatest advantage, is the chance to spend 4 weeks as a tourist in your hometown.
On its surface, Regina can be a hard place to appreciate. But, when a place is filled with so many people that you grew up with and laughed with and lived with, it magically transforms itself into a place that is always hard to leave.
As the flight back to KL gets closer every July, it’s all about squeezing in one more of everything. One more hug. One more beer. One more laugh. One more run. One more Par 3. One more meal. One more coffee. Just one more. One more connection. One more chance to belong. One more chance to feel at home. Nobody and no moment is taken for granted.
Now that we’ve been back in KL for over three months, the memories of all those one mores are keeping me going. And also make me think about the things I enjoy about living here.
Coaching cross country
My third year coaching the high school cross country team was my favourite one yet. We had a great group of kids that were committed and fun, and we didn’t even get last! In fact the girls won silver – the best cross country finish ever at ISKL. So, my gig is likely safe for another year.
Diving and beaching
We recently had a five-day escape to Lombok, Indonesia to dive, beach and drink cheaper beer. With dozens of world class beaches within a 2-hour, $100 flight away, this is a perk that’s tough to beat – especially when it’s -20 C right now in Regina.
Hiking in Nepal
A final perk was chaperoning a Grade 10 hiking and community service trip to Chisapani, Nepal at the end of October. This area was devastated by the earthquake from a couple years ago, but the people are as resilient (and happy) as you’ll find anywhere in the world.
The kids were great too – many of whom were fascinated with my high school stories from the 90s – Discman’s, Nirvana, O.J. Simpson, Tupac and Bill Clinton – no topics were left uncovered. I felt like an ancient historian from a time before smartphones and wifi, (but after call waiting).
In between Tales from the Old Guy, we also helped with the construction of a brand new community centre, which should open sometime next year. It was a great way to spend a week.
So, here’s to many mores of everything. And if you only have time for just one more, remember to enjoy every minute.