By: Kirsten Iverson
It all began about two years ago. Everyday on my way to work, I passed the International TEFL Academy office in Chicago and everyday I stared at it, hoping, wondering, wishing for a sign to quit my job and teach English abroad. I finally sent an email to a TEFL Advisor, started thinking about where I wanted to go and how I could save enough money, but never pulled the trigger.
Months and months later, I met Stefano. We are the same person, with the same sense of adventure and love for life. We had an amazing time in Chicago, exploring the city and trying everything, all new to him since he is from Italy. His visa was expiring in the U.S. and the clock started ticking. Were we going to stay together? What was going to happen when August rolled around? Was our relationship serious? It was. We decided we couldn't be apart. Where could we go? What would we do?