Waiting for Godot

Do you all remember that Samuel Beckett classic, you know, the one he originally wrote in French before translating into English? The premise of the story is that the main characters are waiting for someone named Godot… who never shows up.

Now, don’t read too far into the fact that I am comparing my life for the past six months to an absurdist play, but waiting for our K-1 fiancé visa kind of feels like waiting for a very hard to reach and eccentric older gentleman who only answers snail mail and writes three letters a year.

As you may have gathered, Hedi has not arrived yet. Although I did adopt two dogs. Not to say that Hedi can be replaced by two furry animals, but it does help combat the loneliness. And there has been much snowing in New England this winter season. Once November rolled around, it was non-stop action, a flurry of snow and ice, my ten-day trip home to St. Louis, and then five straight weeks of intermittent snow storms, with an occasional snow day, early dismissal, late start, and many times over scraping off the windshield of my as-yet-to-breakdown car (I’m crossing my fingers that it will survive the winter intact).  We had the Polar Vortex for a week, and then the Polar Vortex’s tween cousin a few weeks later, both of which made me regret the idea of adopting two animals who need to go outside at 6:00 a.m. to do their business (they are fabulous the rest of the time).

My traveling has been limited since the latter part of 2013, although I have taken several trips to New York City and one to Vermont at the peak of its glorious fall foliage. I have an upcoming weekend trip to Boston planned for March. Enjoy the medley of photos.

I’ve been giving some thought to this blog – although I myself am not currently an Expat and am unlikely to be one for possibly the next three years (Hedi needs to gain his citizenship), Hedi himself will be viewing America through the eyes of a foreigner.  His reactions, perceptions, and experiences in the new environment will certainly prove fascinating and I’d like to chronicle them in this blog… that is, if we ever hear back from Godot.

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The Journey

So here it is, my new language project. While I will continue to update my adventures, the repatriation process in the U.S. or as a future Expat, I’d like to invite you to follow me on my linguistic journey, or to simply have more frequent updates on my life, filtered through the lens of language.

The Potential Polyglot


|pəˈtenCHəl| adjective [ attrib. ] having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future

ORIGIN late Middle English: from late Latin potentialis, from potentia ‘power,’ from potent– ‘being able’


|ˈpäliˌglät| [noun] a person who knows and is able to use several languages

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French polyglotte, from Greek πολύγλωττος, from polu- ‘many’ + glōtta ‘tongue

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Why go abroad for a year?

Nothing influenced my life more than my first experience abroad in 2008. In case you need more encouragement to take the plunge, here are a few pros and cons…

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A year away from your degree is a long time taken out of your academic studies in the UK. When thinking about the pros and cons, consider the following;



  • Increased employability through an enhanced CV
  • Improve your foreign language skills
  • Add an enjoyable and valuable work experience to your CV
  • Work experience helps you to discover how much you like that line of work
  • Add to your contacts list and increase your ‘network-ability’
  • Make new friends & travel
  • Self-discovery and broadening your mind
  • First-hand experience of a new culture


  • Costs – supported by Erasmus grant? Student loan? Personal loan? Savings? Earnings?
  • Culture shock
  • Absence of your usual support network
Just about every person I have met has said they enjoyed their year abroad. If you have any concerns you would like to discuss with UCL Careers, give us a call on 020 7866 3600.

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