Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hello I must be going...

A lot has transpired in the last few weeks, and big changes are in the offing. We will be leaving Prague and back to Minnesota. I have already accepted a job, given my notice at Radio Free Europe and informed my staff that I will be leaving. It won't be for a little while yet - June 21 to be exact - because Noah needs to finish the school year at the International School of Prague (which he does on June 19).

We are moving back to the great state of Minnesota, and I have, thankfully, already secured gainful employment there. I will go back to work for my previous employer ATK in Plymouth, and for my old (as in previous) boss, George Frye. The company and George seemed glad that I was available to come back and once the ball started rolling it didn't take long for all of the details to get wrapped up. George's offer was fair - he has always been fair to me - and I am looking forward to getting back to work there.

I do not regret my time at Radio Free Europe. To the contrary, the experience has exceeded my expectations. We wanted to move to Prague to give Kathy and especially Noah the experience of living outside of the US. I had lived in Saudi Arabia for three years so I already knew what living outside of the US was like. And it certainly wasn't a dissatisfaction with life in the US or a belief that life in Europe would be better than in the US. I firmly believe that the US is the greatest nation in the history of the world, and I want to live there. But it's hard to appreciate how great she is (even with the faults) until you look at her from from the outside.

I will have more to say about the move back in the coming weeks, but for now we just want to officially announce our upcoming departure from Prague and return to the Twin Cities. It will be good to be home.

2 comments:

Michael Carøe Andersen said...

Hey Al - congrats on the new job!

It seems like the your whole family has had a great and inspiring time in Europe from what I can read.

I am really fond of US as well and think it is a great country - with its flaws. I could easily go live there again but I most say that I feel more at home in Europe.

Maybe I will have the chance to catch a pivo with you before you leave. Anyways I'll keep tuning in if you continue blogging in Minnesota.

Karen said...

Say it ain't so! I love your blog and have learned so much from it. I was hoping to meet you and your family when I moved there. Alas, you move out in June and I move there in August. May I link to your blog on mine? I read yours everyday. -Karen