It was the first of September, a day that I will always remember. Because that was the day…
Actually, it was the 1st of August. And it was 2014. That was the day I made the Mistake of Moving to Mongolia. While it was a good idea to Desert the Complacency of the Desert, it was not a good idea to do so in favor of Ulaanbaatar. Apart from the hot water issues in my apartment (it either scalded me or was nonexistent), not being paid my salary, being fired while on a visa run in Osaka, and constructively being deported, I had a great time. Seriously, there were plenty of fun memories including:
- BBQ Without Borders
- In-N-Out Burger UB Style
- All Kinds of Gains: An Expat’s Guide to Exercise
- House Hunters International: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- What’s Coooler than Bein’ Cool? Mongolia!
The caption for the last post was the highpoint of my Mongolia experience. From there, it went down hill faster than the temperature dropping below zero. But instead of rehashing the failure of the past, I want to compare it to where I am four years later. Once again, I moved from Scottsdale in search of a better life. This time the destination was not as extreme. Though voters wanted me to move to Albania, I chose Puerto Rico instead. Intrigued by not paying federal or state income taxes (see an Expat in Puerto Rico), moving here seems like a no brainer. This time I’m not working for a scam law firm. I have my own practice. This time I’m not subject to the laws of a lawless land (Mongolia is #103 out of 180 on the Corruption Perception Index). I’m in the United States. This time I’m not living in Soviet Housing. I’ll be on the golf course. However, having learned the lessons from Mongolia, I’m not ready to call this move a success just yet. I will say it’s trending up but will hold off on any mission accomplished declarations for the time being.
Note: If you can’t get enough of my life in the coldest, most polluted capital in the world, read all my Mongolia posts here.