Although many people “wind down” in the last few years of a career, Carol Hoffman did just the opposite. After a long teaching career in one place- Appleton, Wi- she embarked on the unusual course of living and working in five different countries before her retirement. Twelve Years Overseas: An Educators’ Journey Across the Globe is the fascinating account of Hoffman’s life in those faraway places.
Hand-made carpets and ancient ruins in Turkey, camels and war in Kuwait, the bitter cold and the stoic resolve of the people of Belarus, wineries and gelatos of Italy, the ancient monasteries and vibrant city life of Armenia: Hoffman takes readers “with her” as she adapts to first one culture and then another. She writes with detail and with humor, combining personal anecdotes with interesting observations about life overseas.
The easy-to-read memoir is 332 pages, paperback.