My hope is that I’ll be so exhausted by the end of it (and worn out from dragging everything I own on planes and ferries) that I’m dying for a place to call home at the end of the year.
A place that I can stretch out in, decorate, and fill with fresh-cut flowers every week. A place where I have routines and a stable friend group - where I have coffee shops that know my order and I can stay long enough to experience all of the seasons.
The problem is that tourist visas don’t allow you to have this type of stability. You usually get 90 days, which is great - three months is a solid amount of time to get to know an area.
Naturally, an offer would have to be ridiculously appealing for me to accept it - and I've recently accepted one that was too good to resist.
1.) A job that allows me to do one of the many things that I love, stay semi-retired and earn a full salary and benefits, and maintain a stable base
2.) A city that offers access to both China and Hong Kong
3.) The massive cultural and landscape of the area
4.) Language immersion in the most widely spoken language in the world
5.) Access to Traditional Chinese Medicine
I have no idea how long I'll stay but since I have the option to put down roots while I finish the house that I've been building from scratch (which will take several more years - unsurprisingly to everyone but me), I might stay for a while. As much abundance as there already is, I know that there are opportunities even bigger than what I'm aware of - that I won't even realize until I'm there.
Cheers to having to it all:
Shenzhen - I'll see you soon.
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