When we got to Asia one year ago, I was committed to spending at least a year here so Auburn could learn her grandparent’s language. This wasn’t an easy choice; growing up in the countryside of Michigan, I learned to love the fresh air, the space, and the sounds of nature. Hong Kong has nothing of the sort (in most parts, at least).
Moving to Asia with Children
As an asthmatic, I’m not a big fan of living in cities anyway, but one year was enough time for me.
Now, I need to live in the fresh air again for a while.
My lungs and throat got sick 4 or 5 times over the past year and usually, I don’t get really sick like that more than once, maybe twice in a year.
So, off to Thailand, to a place we’ve lived twice before!
To be honest, we weren’t planning on coming to Thailand this time.
We were planning on moving to Cambodia for the school year to try something new.
However, I overlooked a significant detail: Auburn’s passport expires before the end of the visa I would get in Cambodia, so they wouldn’t grant her a visa if we were to try.
Thankfully, I noticed this before we made concrete plans to move to Cambodia to get the fresh air we needed.
My child and I decided we would return to a place we know and could practice something she’s been learning to love recently: swimming.
For these Few Months in Thailand with my Child
After a few breakthroughs in the pool in Hong Kong, the island we live on now is a good step up from that.
There are plenty of pools to use, but the immediate access to the sea and coral reefs is going to be a good way to teach her to snorkel.
We’ve practiced a few times this week already, and hopefully we can find some good weather to give it a go this weekend in the open blue!
I’ll catch some video for you if we do so you can see her first snorkeling experience in the ocean!
After Our Thai Visas Expire, Where Will We Go?
I’ll be getting a few documents in the mail soon that will allow me to apply for my daughter’s new passport.
We are going back to Hong Kong to do this because we can visit her family again, and I like the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, it’s very efficient.
That shouldn’t take more than a month to get the new passport in hand.
Once we have it, we will be moving to Cambodia at that time–our original plan!
Now that the final piece will be in place–the passport–we can then get to Cambodia and spend a year in the countryside where we can kayak, play basketball, swim, fish, and breathe fresh air.
We’re both looking forward to it, but that will be later this year, of course.
For now, we’re in Thailand and I’m excited to teach Auburn how to snorkel and freedive!