July 21st, 2011 found me tearfully saying goodbye to my Parents. I’d just sent three hulking bags through security and had a knot in my stomach that left me sympathizing with Atlas – at that moment we both felt as though we held the world upon our shoulders. I was about to launch a grand new adventure, one that had a very unknown ending. A few long hours later I arrived in Denmark and the rest, as they say, is history.
When I arrived in Denmark I only had one contact through a friend of a friend of a friend. In previous posts I’ve talked about how he saved my butt and deserves no small amount of credit for me making it through those first few months (Thanks Søren!). Those stories and so many more are archived here on VirtualWayfarer. They mark grand adventures, realizations, and a slow series of basic decisions – yes, or no – that led me forward. The conclusion of my Master’s marked the end of one grand chapter, just as it gave birth to what came next: the decision that I wasn’t done with Denmark yet, and that I needed to stay. The last year and a half was another chapter. One that came with incredible challenges, wonderful growth, and the attainment of a number of life goals. Now, with today’s announcement, that chapter winds to a close and another, equally exciting one begins.
What’s the big announcement? Well, have no fear. I’m not pregnant. Nor did I manage to go diving with great whites and get eaten. In fact, for this news I’m not even leaving Denmark…or perhaps I should say, that IS the news.…