So far, I’m 2 for 2 with moving abroad and feeling like I’ve experienced 6 months worth of LIFE in the space of 1 week. Things were definitely stressful in the 1st couple of days and kept feeling a sense of panic wondering what I’d gotten myself into because my future colleague and the guy who had a lot to do with me getting hired lied about my commute time between Oaxaca city and the campus and left out a major chunk of info (which was that I’d be responsible for paying my own visa, the cost of which was nearly $300). Those two are just the major lies, but he also told a few small ones, but the one that impacted me the most was telling me he’d check out the guest apartment before my arrival and when I get there I see that there’s no toilet seat and that the toilet doesn’t even flush. I found this out on Friday afternoon (I arrived late Thursday night), Which meant staying in the guest apartment wasn’t an option (because this is Mexico and I already knew enough that it wasn’t about to be fixed asap and that the soonest I could expect was for it to be repaired on Monday. Which I was ready to roll with. But suddenly, he announced he had a class to teach that night (I now know he really only went to see his girlfriend) and that I’d have to find accommodations on my own. This, after being in Mexico only a little over 24 hours and him knowing that all I knew was survival level Spanish at best.
And I say 2 for 2 because my move to China started off on a SOUR note as well. So, I’ve started off with the down things… but here’s the upside to them…
First off, just like with China, I’m not really having a honeymoon phase, which means that my emotions for the most part, have no way to go but up.
Secondly, God put in my path two guys, one in particular, that did a great job of compensating for much of what my future co-worker, the person who was supposed to orient me to my new environment, failed to do.
Thirdly, I really do like Oaxaca City a lot. The people are friendly, the population more diverse than I’d imagined, the food is delicious and inexpensive,it’s easy to navigate (which has really come in handy considering how independent I’ve had to become right from the beginning), and it’s cute and clean. I can definitely see myself living here for a while and enjoying my stay. If it wasn’t so far from the coast, I’d strongly consider settling here. But my highest, ultimate goal is to settle where the ocean is no more than a 15-20 minute walk for me and here in Oaxaca city, the coast is about a 3 hour drive away.
So, overall things are looking up and I’m beginning to feel a sense of solid ground beneath my feet. I was able to find a “rustic” studio apartment that’s within decent walking distance of the bus stop to school. And I’ve got my eye on a really cute 1 bedroom in the same general location that I’d like to snag after I start getting paid. The only fly in the ointment at this point is the daily commute to school I’ll have to endure (it’s looking like 1-1.5 hours one way), but life was never meant to be perfect and the job itself seems pretty cool, so I’m good for now. The only thing left to do now is to just see how things unfold over the coming months.