I Bet Yurt Excited

27 03 2010

We have arrived back from our yurt trip.  It was a nice relaxing couple of days.  As usual it was hectic getting ready, packing and organizing but it was worth it!

Vanessa and I started off the trip by waking up at 6:30 when we were supposed to pick Pam and Brian up at their house at 6am.  Needless to say, we were running late.  Once we were on the road, everything was smooth sailing!  The trip up was fairly uneventful, other than passing through Ft. Collins and both V and I remembering how much we love the town and someday (after our adventures) would like to settle down there.

The hike to the North Canadian Fork Yurt was only 1.1 miles but I was a little scared because the previous week one of my lovely soccer players took out my knee during practice and I have since been hobbling around.  So, unlike past years when I wished we hiked further, this year I couldn’t have been happier to have a short hike in.

The brief hike was plesant.  There was a nice balance of up hill and down and before we knew it we were arriving at the yurt.  It is set in a nice medow and I can only imagine the beauty during the fall with leafs change color.

The days were uneventful other than eating and doing the random chores, such as, chopping wood, filtering water and general pick up.  We played a ton of UNO and Scrabble and had a chance to catch up on some reading.

The weather was nice for the most part.  On the hike in it snowed some but then we had two perfect days and on our last day we had snow to hike out in.  The snow on the way out made for the usual terrible drive home; this is the third year in a row that the drive home has taken more than 4 hours!  But as a bonus we did get to see a moose on the way out!

Here a some pictures from the trip:

-M





3rd Annual Yurt Trip

22 03 2010

While Vanessa and I have been busy selling items around the house on Craigslist Spring Break has come and that means that we are off to snowshoe to a Yurt somewhere in Colorado.  This is the third year we have been doing this with Pam and Brian and it will be a tradition that is greatly missed while we are in Costa Rica.

This year we will be visiting the Never Summer Nordic Yurts in Northern Colorado.  More specifically we will be staying at the North Fork Canadian Yurt.  We will be there for 3 days and 2 nights.  The two previous trips have been amazing and I really hope that this year will live up to it! I will be posting pictures and tales upon our return!

Here is a link to the Never Summer Nordic website:  http://www.neversummernordic.com/index.htm.  Looks AMAZING.

-M





Our Visit to Iowa

14 03 2010

We began tossing around the idea of moving abroad in November of 2008.  Jokingly we both said, “If Obama isn’t elected, we should move to another country.”  Luckily (for our country) Obama was elected… but it planted the seed of travel in our minds.

The next summer while walking the dog, I remember Miguel and I discussing how tired we were of our surroundings.  We both wanted change.  We could feel the ever growing itch to explore.  We were having such a good conversation that we ended up walking quite-a-ways; Karma was thrilled.  We discussed our next step.  The whole, “Where do you see us in 5 years?”   Grad. School.  No children (sorry to disappoint).  Maybe owning a house.  Finding our passions.  Traveling.  Fort Collins?  We have always talked about settling down in Fort Collins.  Our love for that part of the state is just too great to ignore.  Then we began asking ourselves… “Am I ready to settle down?”  I think it was unanimous… NO.  We then began coming up with options.  If traveling and grad school are in our plans, we could go to grad school out of state.  That didn’t seem to work out.  With both of us rapidly eliminating states that didn’t interest us, and the prices of out of state tuition, we had to come up with something else.

I think Miguel was the first one to research working abroad.  He had a couple college friends that were currently working out of the country.  When he contacted them, they both mentioned the UNI job fair.  After much research, we had an option that both of us were seriously considering; however, there was a fast approaching deadline of December 15th.  We feverishly wrote pro & con lists, of which several things were mentioned: karma, terminating our lease early, the cat, family, the 4-runner, money, money, and money.  We had a list.  We had no idea what to do from there, so we waited.  We thought about it and thought about it more.  Finally, we decided to ask our parents what they thought.  They were unanimously in favor, and our minds were made up.

After registering for the fair, a ton of responsibilities ensued.  We had to prepare resumes, letters of reference, and letters of intent.  Not to mention, the fair was in Iowa, so we had to prepare plane reservations, hotel accommodations, and a slew of other things.  Money was tight, our stress levels were maxed, and there was no guarantee that we would go anywhere after the job fair.  On February 3rd 2010, Miguel and I left Denver not knowing what our futures held.

We had done an obscene amount of research on all of the schools attending, and we knew that our top two choices were Thailand and Costa Rica.  When we arrived, fate had made up our mind.  Thailand no longer had ANY English positions available.  We focused our attention on Costa Rica’s Country Day School.  The rest is, as they say, history.

-V





While Miguel Was Having Fun…

14 03 2010

While Miguel was having fun in Manitou, I was also HAVING FUN with Mock-Trial.  We had an hour long break for lunch and I took full advantage of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that was going on down town, right outside of the court house.  I was able to take a couple pictures so that I could share with Miguel how fun it was!  

-V





Skeeball

14 03 2010

Yesterday was an unique day for me.  Vanessa had State Mock Trial and the day was mine for the taking.  After lazily drinking coffee and playing on the computer I went over to the climbing gym where they were having a competition.  Unsurprisingly, I was suckered into helping out so I spent the next couple of hours belaying children.  As terrible as that sounds, I always enjoy the people at the gym!

After that, I spent the rest of the afternoon in Manitou Springs taking pictures.  I figured that this was a great time to practice for the challenge that I have set of myself once we arrive in Costa Rica.  I went over to the Penny Arcade and began taking pictures.  This was a fantastic place to shoot, I only wish that I was better so that way I could tap its full potential! After taking pictures for a while I couldn’t help but give into the temptation of playing.

They have all sorts of games from old games to the newest on the market.  I was fond of one quick draw shooting game but I think this may have been because I wasn’t terrible at it, like most of the others.  I won a good number of tickets and had full intentions of getting one of the cheesy toys for Vanessa but when I went to look at them there was a small boy with his face smooshed up against the glass looking at the toys so I couldn’t help but hand him my handful of tickets.  The smile on his face made my day!

-M





How time can move both fast and slow amazes me

13 03 2010

Conor Oberst put it well when he said “How time can move both fast and slow amazes me”.  This is how that last couple of weeks have been for me.  The school year can not wrap up quickly enough.  Everyone at work is in a frenzy because of all the changes that are happening, from people losing their jobs due to budget cuts, to people having to move grade levels as Skyview moves in a new direction.  This frenzy truly creates an uneasy feeling every time there is a conversation between peers.  As always the I do my best to escape into the refuge of my classroom and talk to as few people as possible during this time.

The high school soccer season has also begun and the season has started well.  The girls are 3-0 thus far!  Coaching soccer is such a release for me and there just never seems to be enough time to accomplish what I would like with the girls, from soccer skills to life skills.  However, I truly enjoy this team.  I will miss them a great deal when the season is over and Vanessa and I take steps into our new life.

Finally, we received an email from Country Day School (CDS) this week giving us all the information that we need to obtain our work visas!  The list of things on it and the small intricacies that have to be taken care of appears daunting but luckily I have Vanessa, who is far superior than me at accomplishing tasks like this.

-M





And miles to go before I sleep

10 03 2010

Over the last couple of months I have contemplated starting a blog.  I think that the idea of having a blog is a lot more attractive to me than actually having a blog.  The biggest drawback for me was the fact that I did not have something as my focus.  I think that a blog with out a focus is similar to a sandwich with no bread.  For me I feel like I needed something to write about!  Vanessa and I live fulfilling lives, albeit sometimes slow, monotonous and boring.  However, we have now accepted positions to teach in Costa Rica and alas I have for the purpose of my blog!

I hope to use this as a tool to convey our journey to whomever would like to read about it.  One of my missions on this journey is to take a picture every day for a year (or get as close to that as possible).  I imagine that not every picture will be worth posting but I am going to try in hopes that this will help me document both the amazing adventures that we have, as well as the simplicities of daily life; in the end all I hope is to have a memory that I can share.

-M








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