San Diego to Siberia Part 1 – Here I Come!


“It’s essential to actually hate this job.” That’s what my boss mentionedafter Iinstructed him I used to beshifting from San Diego to Siberia for a yr. In actuality, I used to be bored and on the lookout forone thingthat might be utterly and totally new. Whether or not it was sunstroke or a growing tolerance to margaritas, San Diego simply wasn’t reducing it anymore. Heck, I hadn’t even gone to the seaside in 9 months and it was only some blocks away. Time to rediscover a zest for all times.

As you’re doing now, I trolled the Web on the lookout for that uncommon alternative that might renew my vigor and let me brag to my domesticated buddies. Choose espresso within the South Pacific? No, I already drink an excessive amount of of it. Sail all over the world on a container ship? No, I wasn’t prepared for involuntary self-reflection. Earlier than I knew it, I had agreed to maneuver to a metropolis in Siberia often known as Chita. Sure, I used to be going to be a professor at Chita State Technical College by a program put collectively by Siberian Intercultural Bridges. Donate – they want the cash:

So, what does one take for a one-year keep in Siberia? Why, I’ll simply go purchase a guidebook on Siberia and skim the “what to take” part. My search of the native mega bookstore was disappointing. Shockingly, there have been no guidebooks for Siberia. I used to be tempted to write down a nasty letter to Lonely Planet and others till the bookstore clerk mentioned, “You’re going WHERE?” When she began giving me the “you have to be a felony on the run” look, it was time to go.

Happily, I used to be capable of finding skilled vacationers that would present me with the small print and objects that have been completely obligatory. My girlfriend gave me the all-important electrical blanket, an influence converter and intimate particulars about what would occur to me if I ought to dare share it with one other ladies. Grandpa gave me a World Warfare II down coat that was about three sizes to massive and made me appear to be a strolling gopher. Household, buddies and random strangers contributed additional objects and recommendation that might be vital to my survival.

Apparently score my probabilities of survival at 50-50, family and friends put collectively a going away/by no means see him once more social gathering the day earlier than I left. After all, everybody introduced Vodka as a humorous going away present. The tide rapidly turned, nevertheless, as all have been requested/compelled to attempt a “style of Russia.” Most of the occasions of that evening will stay ceaselessly sealed in antiquity, however it ought to suffice to say that the spouse of 1 pal went into labor which made it a really enjoyable evening and subsequent day for him on the hospital. Few obtained off so simply.

Gigantic backpack, electrical blanket, hangover and I headed to the airport the subsequent morning. However that’s a narrative for half 2 of this nomad journey journey sequence…

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