Life on the other side of the globe


Joey Johnson writes, Moving is an arduous task that consists of many decisions and a lot of time and patients.

Moving is an arduous task that consists of many decisions and a lot of time and patients. Most people move inside the same state or the same country, but my family didn’t… When we finally decided to move from Centennial, Colorado (after living there for 10 years), we moved to a place most people wouldn’t think of visiting, let alone know where it is located. We moved 8313 miles away to a country the U.S.A. has many broad sanctions, to a place that is the size of Texas, has a population around 50 million, is the 21st poorest country in the world, is 12 and a half hours ahead of Denver time, got its independence in 1989, and has 139 different ethnic groups. The country I just described and moved to is Myanmar (the U.S.A. recognizes it as Burma). Many of you may be thinking “Why move there out of all the places”. The reason is because Burma is a third world country which will give us a different perspective of life and what is important, but mainly because my mom and dad got a teaching job at a international school. The journey has just begun, hosting many twists and turns along the way, and surprising us at every corner.After 6 months of knowing and planning for the adventure that lay ahead of us, it finally came and we departed for DIA at 6:00 P.M. July 29, 2010. It took 33 hours and 3 layovers to finally arrive in Myanmar, after all the planning, packing, and flying, we were finally there! The Country reminds my mom of Nicaragua due to its climate and poverty, and its lack modern technology and culture. Many people work on the streets, making a living by selling food, wares, clothing and jewelry ,or working on building houses. Many people live on less than a dollar a day, although some very fortunate people make up to 3 dollars a day (1000 kyat, pronounced chuts, and equal 1 dollar). 10% of the roads are paved, and the ones that are paved have been paved many years ago. Most of the cars are at least 16 years old, or as one of the teachers here put it “Old enough to graduate”. The people are very nice, always wanting to please you. I feel like living here will open up my eyes and show me how fortunate I was to have all that I have, and to see what it is like for the millions of people that aren’t as fortunate as I am, and will give me many opportunities and experiences I never had before. One thing is for certain, life will never be the same!