With the American economy in freefall, 2009 was the winter of our discontent. Both my wife Lucia and I lost nearly half our incomes.
She's a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. I'm a communications consultant.
Suddenly, with little warning, several of our clients could no longer afford our services.
Others dramatically scaled back or delayed payments weeks or months.
For four harrowing months, we tapped into savings and knew not what would happen next.
Companies were laying off workers right and left, the U.S. job market was bleak,
and the unemployment rate was climbing rapidly.
Then Lucia had an idea: why not apply for jobs overseas?