Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Little Story About How We Moved

This is Tangiers, which we visited briefly during our Spring Break trip to Spain in April. 

It's a very photogenic place. I'd love to go back. But that's not likely to happen anytime soon, as we aren't living in Europe anymore.

Early this year, Husband decided he could no longer agree with and support various initiatives and behaviors of the administration in his school and in the (enormous) System as a whole.

Rather than burying his head in the sand and hating his job for years (which, believe me, some people do--because this overseas teaching gig is an awfully good one), he chose to resign.

Some people thought he was crazy. Many other applauded his having the guts to unlock the golden handcuffs.

Thus began our search for a way and a place to return to some semblance of reality as U.S. citizens, not semi-expats.

Please understand that we lived overseas for twelve years and enjoyed most of that time immensely. But with one child in college in the States and the other nearing high school graduation, we realized that it could be good for us to go ahead and try to find a place to settle down in the U.S. The toxic atmosphere in the school just made the decision a lot easier and even more timely.

We began doing research online--lots of it. We knew we wanted to return to somewhere in the South; that was our starting point. We also knew we wanted to start a small business, built around some of our wonderful European flea market finds.

To make a long story a little shorter, we found fantastic renters for our German house (we'll go back to check on it yearly until we decide to sell), and we found Greenville, South Carolina. It's a very cool place these days, and there's tons of natural beauty right here and nearby. We moved in June and opened our little retail shop in August. Husband is also working in real estate.

Actually, though, we got used to small-town life in Germany, so we chose a small town on the edge of Greenville--a very cute place with a name that suits us and our story: Travelers Rest.

I hope you'll join us in our latest adventure by checking out our new blog and social media pages. Of course, if you're in the area, please visit our shop! And thank you for reading Fairytale Hausfrau!

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bath salts,roses,liteature and harry potter addict said...

Wow, what a surprise! Kudos to you guys for taking the reins and changing course when it was time. And congrats on your new venture, too! Wishing you all the best as you adjust back to life in the USA.

BavarianSojourn said...

Congratulations! I am so jealous! I feel like I have done my time here, and have itchy itchy feet! Will pop over to your new blog! :)

Eliza said...

You moved to lovely Greenville yet decided against settling in Mauldin...I am crushed.

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