Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Back to the Middle East I go .....


So. One week, four interviews and three job offers later, I've made a decision.

It almost breaks my heart to do this, but gentle readers, I'm leaving you. I'm leaving the pussins, I'm leaving the new thyme lawn, I'm leaving Melbourne and I'm moving to Bahrain.

Wow, it sounds so very final when I say it like that. So do you want the good news? It's only for three months. And I'm very definitely not leaving My One True Love, he is coming over at Christmas-time.


Yes, it's a short-term thing only; during which I will spend a lot of time travelling and blogging more witty and amusing travel posts - I know how you love those - and catching up with old friends who now live in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Dubai of course. Throw in some visits to Syria, Iran, Jordan and hopefully even Turkey, and it's going to be action-packed. I even plan to take my sewing machine for those (hopefully) rare moments of down-time.

It's fantastic to be returning to my old haunts, though strictly speaking I've never actually been to Bahrain before. But how excitement! A new professional challenge, a new personal one .... I can hardly wait! Adventures galore! Exotic travel tales! Fabulous new fabric markets!

And luckily I don't have to wait long, because I'm actually flying out in ten days time. Yes, that's right.

24 hours after that, I will be ensconced in a hotel in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, and I will be hot, tired, jetlagged, and no doubt wondering what the hell I'm doing there. 

What did I say last week about job-hunting? It never Bah-rains, but it pours?

10 comments:

free indeed said...

Congrats on the new job! What a whirlwind of decisions and packing...enjoy your time there. I do have a friend in Bahrain, but I'm not sure where. What a great experience. STay safe and keep us informed..we'd love to read about what is happening and all the new sights.

willywagtail said...

Wonderful for you and us too. We'll get to see more of the world!. Don't forget the electrolytes. Cherrie

Belinda said...

wow..that's huge and so soon!! look forward to reading your posts from there x

Screamstress said...

Wow! International Woman of Mystery! Good luck :)

Isabella Golightly said...

Wow! My dad was in the RAF & he was posted to Bahrain in the early '60's, he brought home a duty free camera (a very big deal in those days), a fantastic tan, some amazing fabrics for my mother (I can still remember the gold lame) and a bottle of Chanel No. 5 which she dropped in the bathroom, making it stink for years afterwards. You will have an amazing time!!!

ange_moore said...

Oh wow - how exciting! Good luck with your quick exit from the country and I look forward to reading about your middle-eastern adventures.

Jennie said...

I've got whiplash from the change in plans! Good onya for taking this opportunity the universe has thrown at you.

Tamara said...

I can't wait to read the next instalment in your travel adventure. You are living proof of why one's passport should always be up to date!

Heather said...

WOW! Congratulations on all of the job offers and for selecting one that sounds absolutely exciting. I can't wait to read/see about all of the adventures you get up to in the Middle East.

Meg said...

AHHHHHH!!!! I am so excited for you! Congratulations my dear fabric faerie! I knew something good would happen soon!