It’s hard to believe, but the day has finally come when we’re holding our bid list in our hands. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it’s a listing of all the open posts around the world that are available for us to bid on this cycle. There are hundreds of posts on this list – and each one has to be analyzed to determine if it is a good fit for us. This includes taking into consideration the job, location, medical care and language requirements. In our case, Nick is required to get a language before the next tour, so any English-speaking posts are immediately off the table.
This bidding cycle is definitely different than our first time, as we get to give more directed input (although we still don’t make the FINAL decision). Perhaps not surprisingly, it still brought up that same mix of fear and exhilaration that occurred last round. At one moment I’ll be jumping up and down screaming “the world is my oyster” and the next thing you know I’m sobbing to Nick about how we’re never going to find a place we like as much as Manila. Yet while I may want to get off the emotional roller coaster at times, at the end of the day I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that this lifestyle affords. Who ever thought that I’d be considering places to live that I didn’t even know how to pronounce? ‘Tis an exciting time, for sure!!
Stay tuned….we hand in our ranked list in mid-September and will know by early October where we’re going. Don’t worry – you’ll be the first to know (after our families)!