A Year in Oaxaca

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We have been looking forward to this for years. Now it's here. Our year of sabbatical.

When Leah and I first started thinking about this, or rather dreaming about this, we dreamt in obscurities. Starting last fall, we began honing in on some details. And in February, when Leah found out that she had officially been granted sabbatical by Montana State University, the planning hammer dropped. That's when the leaps of faith started.

We selected Oaxaca, Mexico as our home for the next academic year based in large part on the recommendation of friends of ours (especially, thank you Yanna!) who have spent a lot of time there. We put down a deposit on a place to live in San Felipe Del Agua, Leah applied for and was granted a visiting scholar position with CIESAS - a social anthropology research institute in Oaxaca, we found renters for our home in Bozeman, bought one-way tickets to Mexico City, enrolled Micah and Zola in a Waldorf School in Oaxaca, and made lists upon lists of details to take care of over the course of the spring.

What is this sabbatical, you ask? Simply put, Leah will be relieved of her normal teaching and service responsibilities at MSU for the next academic year so that she can put all of her time and energy into writing a book. We could have chosen to stay in Bozeman while she wrote, but we decided to use the opportunity to have an international adventure with our family. We will be renting out our house in Bozeman from August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013. Our plan is to be in Oaxaca from August 15, 2012 through early July, 2013, which means we'll have two weeks on the front end and three to four weeks on the back end of our trip to spend time with family in Minnesota. Perfect.

  • And we're off.
  • Reflections
Trip Start Jul 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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