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ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF: MY 2 YEAR CHECK IN

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Welcome, all to my new revamped blog page! I have been MIA from the blog scene for a while but I’M BACK! This post is a quick rundown of how I came to TAKE THE WORLD. Get ready and ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF!

WHO’S THAT GIRL

My name is Tia. I’m a physical education and health teacher who decided to uproot my entire life and move abroad. And this journey has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made in life. I am from a super small town but I big dreams of traveling the world. I want to create content that will inspire someone else to take the world. Or see the world from my point of view.

 

HOW IT ALL STARTED

My first venture abroad started in 2013 where I completed my student teaching in Ansbach, Germany with the Department of Defense. While teaching abroad I must have been bitten by the travel bug because I came down with a serious case of LET’S GO TRAVEL THE FREAKIN’ WORLD GIRL!! Germany was such an amazing experience! Subsequently, after completing my student teaching I didn’t think I would ever get that high again. BUT, an opportunity came knocking on my door 2 years later and I couldn’t pass it up. Literally, within 8 weeks I applied for the job and waited on papers to be shipped off.

MOVING ABROAD

I reached Abu Dhabi in August of 2015 and I have been enjoying this ride since the moment I got off of the plane. Now don’t get me wrong, before the big move I WAS SCARED! Like almost didn’t come scared but I’m adventurous and I knew how it felt when I lived abroad previously and I just had to find out if that high still existed. So I packed my bags knowing only 3 people that I had never even met in person and told my family “I’ll see you later!”

Being my mother’s child, I inherited her wonderful gift of gab and her unique ability to “never meet a stranger,” so it was no surprise to any of us when after only traveling 1 leg of the trip I had linked up with a group of individuals. All of them were from around my area and headed to the UAE to teach. Ain’t God good!? My generational blessing furthermore, helped me to meet a few other teachers who were traveling not even 3 days into landing in Abu Dhabi. From then on we all stuck together like glue to create a framily bond that has helped us all make it through these first 2 years.

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TRANSITIONING

These 2 years have been a definite transition. Nothing like I had expected. Before I came I had joined many groups about living abroad and more specifically living in the UAE and nothing I read equated to what is the reality of living here. Prior to moving, I was told that I shouldn’t come because the middle east is dangerous. It’s a war zone. It’s very conservative. BLAH BLAH BLAH!! Living here I have experienced nothing of the sort. Now don’t get me wrong, Abu Dhabi & Dubai is nothing like living in North Carolina….NOT BY A LONG SHOT! But it isn’t too far from it…In all the best ways. And here are a couple of those ways:
1st) I was under the impression that I needed to wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and cover my face when in public….NEGATIVE
2nd) I was told that I would be lonely in the desert…far away from civilization, unable to use a phone and the craziest of notions…I would be in a war zone. (Rolls eyes) THIS IS ONE OF THE SAFEST PLACES IN THE WORLD!
3rd) I was given strict advice to get the partying and fun I like to have out of my system before moving because it would be none of that here. LIES AND CHICANERY! I literally probably have done more here in these past 2 years than I ever did in my 25 years of living in North Carolina. This place is super LITTTT!!!
As you can probably conclude my transition here wasn’t hard at all. And I don’t take that for granted.
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NOW WE HERE!

So here I am,  finishing up my 2nd year out here in the desert and I have absolutely no desire to leave WHATSOEVER! I love it here! The weather is always nice (hot as heck sometimes but nice), there is ALWAYS something to do. Beaches surround you. The customer service is always top-notch. Tax-free salary and rent-free living!! What more could I ask for?
I am currently looking to do whatever is required of me to extend my stay here because I just can’t imagine going back voluntarily.
I really look forward to my future abroad and I hope that you continue to take this journey with me. In the next coming months, you can follow me as I chronicle my last month of work, Ramadan, traveling, visiting the states for summer break and all the fun and crazy things I get into.
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Until next time,

TAKE THE WORLD

 

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