Well it looks like this old blog may be getting some loving again!
I am joining the ranks of Teachers who are not working as teachers in this country!
I feel like a bit of a failure as I promised myself I would stay here in Kalkaringi for 2 years minimum and now after one year and 10 weeks I am off...
The thing is it really was a lot tougher than I had any idea it would be. Quite odd as I have been working in communities for so many years (around 7). Living somewhere full time is really very different. Guess it's like the difference between baby sitting and having your own child. When you are living somewhere you are just there and sometimes there realy is nowhere to go to escape.
So many people out here have been such a great support and a joy to be around it is a real shame to be leaving them all behind, but it was quite simply time to go...
I hate how the students here have to constantly deal with changing Teachers and my main reason for wanting to stay was this issue. Ultimately I am afraid I was simply not doing my job as well I should have been as the challenge of actually being here was a burden that was really proving to be too much.
At the start of this year I moved out here with my beloved Ayesha and our puppy "Crumbs" , who I retagged "Anil Crumble~ " . A new relationship in a remote place is an added challenge and in truth I failed miserably in realising that Ayesha was actually coping a lot better with being here than I thought... We both had some tough times, but ultimately I was worrying about her way more than I needed to be.
She's a bloody amazing person and I am so pleased she chose me to spend her time with! So now we are off with firm plans to come back as soon as we hear about a new position which will be coming up here.
I am excited about being free to travel again, but not overjoyed about having to freelance again...
At least this blog will be able to live up to it's title of: "Is there a Nim in your town tonight?" . For a year that has only been able to be a yes if you lived in Kalkaringi pretty much!
In the next two months Ayesha and I will be in Hobart, Launceston and Darwin; woo!!
I will then be headin to Melbourne for a feature film with Quito Washington and Tanya Walker!! Ayesha will be in Canberra trying her hand at "public slaving" as she loves to call it. That is being a public servant. Will she want to come back to living out bush with me after a month or two of this luxury!?