From Minnesota to Hanoi: Fishsauce, Motorbikes and the Golden Tortoise
23 January, 2012 09:10
My name is Hannah and I’ve lived all over the United States, though most recently Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ve been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for nearly six months now.
1. Why did you move abroad?
I had planned to live abroad since I was a little kid. I had a good role model in my grandmother who lived in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Switzerland as a girl. Additionally, I’ve lived in eight different US states. Moving abroad seemed like a natural next step. My parents weren’t shocked. They’d sent one sister to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, when she was 16, the other to study in Germany and me to study in France. I moved abroad when I did, though, because I hated my job. I scheduled medical appointments in a call center. Despite seeming very sudden (I was offered a job and moved here three weeks later), the move was completely predictable. To sum it up, I guess that I had always planned to live abroad but the decision to leave when I did was spurred by economics as I am going to be paying off student debt till I’m 400 years old.