What has Derek done now?!?! I did release a video on this and wrote a long heartfelt message on Facebook, but I may have convoluted too much information and confused people. The big news is that I’ve moved to Poland, not just for a couple weeks or months, but for possibly up to three years. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Poland is a beautiful country with wonderful people and traditions. The cost of living here is very low for Europe, so my dollar goes farther. It’s not too hot here, so I shouldn’t melt as I would in many other countries. Poland gives me easy access to European countries in the East and the West. As a member of the EU, living here while starting a business may make other opportunities available in the future. Warsaw, in particular has some additional benefits. A great airport with many low cost carriers to get me all around Europe affordably. It has lots of green space, parks, forest, trails, and paths for running. There are a number of communities that I look forward to joining in this city. There are many helpful expatriates here. I have a supportive group of friends and acquaintances here as well as one of my best friends who I have known for 27 years. In the uncomfortable position of moving to another country where I don’t know the language, this may be as comfortable as I can get.
What are you going to do in Warsaw?
Two years ago, with a little bit of savings, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to afford traveling around the US. With some penny pinching and more than a little help from my friends, I saw all fifty states, survived the worst months of a New England winter and traveled to 12 European countries. Some bills need to be paid. I will be teaching English to make ends meet and to start saving for future endeavors. I will finish the book I’ve been writing about my 50/50/50 journey. I will continue to work on my International Race Series concept but I am now working on another running opportunity as well.
Are you still running Marathons?
Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I injured myself in the first European marathon I did in Milan. I then ran seven more races on that injury. Even as I was resting and recovering, it could be argued that I was still running too much. I took some time off from running this summer and have been slowly rebuilding my body. I’m hoping that being in one place will help me get my training regiment back on par. Expect to see an aggressive European Marathon plan in place for 2018.
What’s with settling down in one place? I thought a rolling stone gathers no moss?!?!
I will still be traveling a lot. The aforementioned airport here in Warsaw was one of the big draws for me and bus prices are still low around Europe. Considering how much of my heart still lies in the Kennebec Valley, I think of there as home and my Polish move as part of my larger travels. Expect to see frequent travel updates in the months to come with both personal excursions as well as potential business trips.
I hope this answers the majority of questions. Something I didn’t cover? Feel free to ask in the comments down below!