For her, that will involve traveling through Norway, Ireland, France and England, and for me, well, I'll still be making sushi in Reykjavik. I chose to stay instead of moving on again for a number of reasons. First, I love to make sushi! It is one of those jobs that allows for progression, allows you to make people happy, and gives you the opportunity to talk to a load of different characters. The main road on which the sushi bar lies is basically a conveyor belt of international tourists and Icelanders, so I am enjoying many different conversations with different people. When a stranger is given sushi they are oft put in a conversational, cheery mood, I have found.
It is also a bit daunting to move to another country yet again and again endure the tireless job search... first on relevant company websites, then less relevant but still so-so, until you're on craigslist night and day filtering through positions in rural Hubei, China offering $$$$!!!!!$$$ and excellent working hours in a modern high school surrounded by muddy footprints marking paths to high rise apartments quarter full like the coconut milk you used most of in that recipe a few months ago but keep in the fridge JUST IN CASE. I feel less hopeful that I will pick up something in a country that doesn't use English in the workplace, (Icelandic and English are used in equal measure here) workplaces that would have no reason to hire someone still getting through the third quiz in the 'Teach Yourself -----ish/nch/ese/ic'.
Also, I'm only 24 but starting to feel less and less confident about the 'limitless possibilities' open to me, an English graduate from one of the most densely populated parts of Europe - the 'blue banana', I think I once heard the area called.
But I just got the message from Joanna saying how green Oslo is, how it feels she's been living in a concrete cave all these months. On this dreary day I'm looking out the window, into the concrete cave, and thinking about my choice. At least I have been kindly put up by some friends in their small converted garage currently exceeding its recommended capacity by one hundred per cent, about to play tetris with the furniture so I may have a space to sleep tonight. Excited about the times to come