In the beginning of March I saw a job announcement for a teaching position in Nan Province and got really excited. Why’d I get so excited about a job posting 4 provinces away from Chiang Mai? Well, it was for a science teacher for grades 1-3 in an intensive English Program in the small town of Nan. Chiang Mai always wears on me during the burning season as it not only hot, but also smokey and smoggy and it was wearing on me worse this year as I wasn’t making my usual mid-April escape to California. The idea of moving to a small town and teaching something other than English grammar was especially enticing.
At the end of March I went to Nan for a couples days to check out the town and to interview for the position. In typical public school fashion I found out that the science position wasn’t quite full time so they added a series of art classes to round out my hours. Could I teach elementary art too, they asked? Sure, why not. I was offered the job at the end of the interview, which was more like a casual conversation, and I accepted the next day after talking things over with Tee one more time.
I was so looking forward to finally moving out of Chiang Mai, a city much too large for my liking, and off to the small, friendly, walkable town of Nan. The next week I turned down the position and we happily are staying in Chiang Mai.