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Such Great Heights

Such Great Heights

March 4, 2012
Posted in: Mastheads, Totally Random | Reading Time: 2 minutes

When we first moved to Switzerland, I listened to this song from The Postal Service a lot around the house and on the bike trainer. I felt like it was a great description of our lives here. Mr. Wild Dingo was always traveling and I was always missing him.

Living abroad is a dream opportunity that many aspire to, but yet, never crossed my own mind until it was available to me. So it was an unexpected fairy tale for the both of us.

Hey, Mr. Wild Dingo works in the semiconductor industry, too! How's that for serendipity?

The song is a great reminder that all great things come with a price. Ours is him traveling as much as 50%.  Some ex-pat spouses have a really difficult time adjusting and their husbands don't do half the travel of Mr. Wild Dingo. It's not easy living anywhere new, even in a place as heavenly as Switzerland.

Am I lonely when he travels that much? Yes. Would I change a thing? Hell no. I'm lucky to have an extroverted personality. So I do things that make me happy. And naturally that leads to making friends in all sorts of communities. I still have a list of things, outside of travel, that I'd love to do in Switzerland that would afford even more opportunities for friendships. Instead, I covet any free time to be more introverted, so I can geek out in Photoshop or try out new recipes in my kitchen.

Flying Home to Geneva Above the Clouds And Over the Alps
(Click to Really Bigify)

But they're all distractions. He's my best friend. All the frequent flyer benefits and stunning living areas could never compare to having him around more often.

And yet, neither of us would change a thing.




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5 comments on “Such Great Heights”

  1. But you've got to LOVE those frequent flier miles! 😉 Kidding! However, my parents did that thing where my Dad was traveling 60+% of the year (he did it for several years) and they joke that it is why they've been married for almost 50 years... I'm with Vickie and Bert - I hope for lots of traveling together for you! 🙂

    -Dr. Liz

  2. As long as you have him around when you need him there, I think it works out. When we first got married, I missed having time to myself a great deal, but now I'm getting used to having more time to myself again. I'm happy that you've found the balance that works for you!

    And I love that song!

  3. Very sweet sentiments! I think its wonderful that you can savor this extraordinary experience that has come your way. See, you are practicing "canine life qualities" -- "Be here now... what happens today stays in today....love the ones you're with... every day's a new adventure.


  4. Sounds like you're making the best of a good thing; mazel tov! Did not know MWD was in semiconductors. Guess if we thought about it, we'd have assumed banking. At least you get to stay home with les chiens and fill your days with things you enjoy, especially now that you've figured out the gluten thing. Hope MWD enjoys all that travel a lot more than mama would.

    Jed & Abby

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