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mensan98th in Washington, D.C. is doing 8 things including…

Move to Berlin

7 cheers


mensan98th has written 17 entries about this goal

another step

I have been looking up businesses online that buy houses (not realtors, more like resellers). I think this might be the way to go, depending on how much my house is worth and how much they offer.

I really wish I’d done this last September. I was feeling too uncertain, though.

sideways, maybe

Quick update…I ordered an online TESOL course this past Sunday. Completing it will qualify me to teach English as a second language, which will help with the whole job thing. As a free bonus before the end of the month, I got the course in teaching English to children, too. I’d have rather had the business English course, since that’s my background, but hey, it’s free. And you never know.

I also contacted my ex about selling the house. He was quite polite and asked to be kept informed on how it went. So that was a relief.

I might end up going to Germany through South Korea. Lots of money being poured into learning English there. But we’ll see what and where my qualifications land me.

ugh and goodie

Ugh: I am now where the rubber meets the road. I have to get in touch with my former mother-in-law to find out where my ex-husband is. None of our old mutual friends know of his whereabouts. His name is on the house. I need to sell the house. Ugh. I do NOT want to do this.

Ugh: I also have to rearrange my finances and start saving mucho dinero. Moving is turning out to be an expensive proposition. I knew it would be, but good god…

Goodie: I’m going to start a TESOL course next month with a firm that guarantees jobs upon completion of the course. That, plus my master’s degree and university teaching experience, makes the future significantly brighter. I may not start out in Berlin or in Dublin, but this is going to make it easier for me to get there eventually.

dublin, bigger plans

Yesterday I had lunch with the friend who said he’d be my Dublin roommate. We talked more about it and set up a timeline. Looks like this is really gonna happen!

a step there

A good friend and I decided to investigate moving to Dublin together. No, it’s not Berlin, but it’s within the EU and is doable for us both. This is so cool…I don’t always know how things will work out, which is good, because there are more ways things can happen than I can imagine.


Carlow was a non-fun event, for reasons having less to do with the town itself than the person I was with. But once we split up and I was on my own, I hit Dublin, and that was a blast! Ireland is soooo doable, in terms of moving, anyway, and it’d be the perfect transitional point for me to get to Berlin, my ultimate goal.


The perfect job for me just came in via a Dublin listing…and I’ve got a trip to Carlow (45 minutes away) coming up at the end of the month…looks like Ireland is in my near future. Sold!

partway there

A potential boyfriend has invited me to visit him in Ireland at the end of the month, even going so far as to buy my plane ticket for me. ;-) He’s German and wants to eventually move back to Germany. Looks like I may be partway to this goal if things work out.

even cooler

I’m getting emails from people in Mensa Germany about my moving there. How cool is that??

not progress so much as realization

I’ve lived in Baton Rouge for 11 years with no family and very few friends around me. The more I think about living in Berlin, the more I realize that it will be like moving into a familiar environment, i.e., no family and very few friends. Many of my close friends are online, anyway, so that won’t change. And I can’t wait to be part of Mensa Germany.

mensan98th has gotten 7 cheers on this goal.


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