When Derek and I choose our apartment, I didn't realize how far away from everything I would feel. Back home, everybody lives a bit of a distance from work and that doesn't seem to hamper your social life at all.
Working abroad is different. I feel completely isolated at HAGL. No one around me speaks English, so those impromptu conversations with neighbors are nowhere to be found. At work, I'm in my classroom almost all day working with students who are English language learners. It would be very refreshing to be able to go home and talk with people who are fluent in my native language. Derek has been great, but I think we both need other grown ups to talk to once in a while. So we are considering moving. Derek isn't too keen on the idea as moving is expensive and exhausting, but I am simply not happy in my own home. Nearly all of our work friends (who are really your only friends when you live overseas) live at The Vista. We had a bad experience there when we first started looking, but I've convinced Derek to have another look with a different realtor. If we can find something good and reasonably priced, we will move. If not, I'm not sure what I will do. I am so lonely.