This is a response to my last blog post, which asked “To Remote or Not to Remote?” I admit; I did struggle with this decision. The thought of completely escaping my current life was so seductive. The thought of leaving all the things and people I love was so unnerving. I rode the roller coaster from very positive to “No way, Jose”, often in the same day, and landed on a compromise.
So… Am I going to live, work, and travel with group of total strangers spending each month in a different foreign country? YES. Am I going to do it for one full year? NO…because I don’t have to. The first group I contacted, Remote Year, keeping with its name, only offered a year-long adventure. That was too big a leap for me. As I looked around, I found other similar groups with a variety of options. I chose Pangea196 because I can commit for just four months with the option to continue. I can have my cake and eat it, too!
My plan is to spend January-April 2018 in South America: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Medellin, Colombia. All exciting cities with time zones close to ours and only one language to try to learn. I will continue with my website work 20 +/- hours a week, supporting my customers remotely. And the rest of the time…who knows? I expect a lot of dancing — tango, salsa, and even swing — beaches, museums, mercados, parks, botanical gardens, vineyards, Incan treasures, new friends, and daily challenges.
I also expect to transition from yoga teacher to yoga student. I hope to explore the yoga studios in each city, take classes, and see how/if their yoga culture differs. Is it as commercial and fashion-focused? Do they promote the physical or the spiritual aspects? Do they have as many novelty offerings (in chairs, on paddle boards, on a trapeze, with your children or goats)? Is the age and gender demographic similar? Do they use the Sanskrit names?
I truly look forward to busting out of my too-comfortable rut, just throwing everything into the air and seeing where it lands. In exchange for this opportunity, I am leaving my support network of partner, family, friends. I am giving up my sweet little house, my garden, my bed, my kitchen. I am relinquishing my personal privacy to share living and work space with “players to be named later”. Follow me (or not) as I inch along this unknown path and deal with all the upcoming decisions and adjustments. First up, is Duolingo for an online Spanish prep course and tango lessons. ¡Hasta luego!