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I left San Francisco 3.5 years ago to volunteer at a children’s home in South Africa. My 3-month volunteer gig turned into 2.5 years — and it was there that I met the love of my life (good thing I stuck around!). A year ago we moved to a provincial city in remote China (on the border of Inner Mongolia) for his career. It hasn’t been the most pleasant experience for me — particularly as I’ve been so removed from hands-on wedding planning action with my mom and my girlfriends — but I’ve tried to appreciate it for what it is.
We’ve now come to an agreement with all the relevant players that I will be leaving China by the end of the year! Yay!
We will spend the holidays with family in New Zealand, then I’ll return to Cape Town to organize our move, and by March I will be home at last! My FI will remain in China for another 6 months to keep things ticking over while I look for a job, but we’ll get to see each other a few times over that period so it won’t be too bad.
I’m so excited to reconnect and re-establish myself at home and with my friends. I’ve missed SF so much (though I now have a second home in Africa, which I love).
I just wanted to share my good news because it puts an even bigger smile on this bride-to-be’s face 🙂
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YAY!!!! It’s always nice to be home!
Post # 5
How wonderful!! I can’t imagine how hard it has been to be out of the country for so long! I’m sure you’ve had really wonderful experiences and you’ll probably appreciate the simple comforts of the US even more when you get back!
Post # 6
Wow! I hope that everything continues to go smoothly for you with all of the transitions that are ahead of you both! Best Wishes and Good Luck!
Post # 7
cool! what a great story 🙂
I moved to SF in may and I loooove it!
Post # 8
That’s rad! Congratulations, and have safe travels! And just think of what awesome stories you have to tell your future kids about traveling and falling in love around the world 🙂
Post # 9
Good for you, I’m sure you can’t wait! Sounds like you’ve had a really incredible and unique experience for the past few years though. I’m sure you’ll always look upon that time fondly but home it home. I bet your loved ones are counting down the days!
Post # 10
Congratulations! =) I hope to make it back home (San Francisco) one day too.
Post # 11
Congrats and good luck with the big move!!
Post # 12
That’s wonderful! It can definitely be tough to be so far from the place you call home. Congrats!
Post # 13
How exciting! I’ve stayed in Lexington another year for my boyfriend/ soon-to-be-fiancee and it’s absolutely killing me! Congrats on getting to go home; there’s no better feeling than that!
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that’s so exciting!! i can’t imagine being that far from home, 14 hours driving is bad enough for me!