I emailed some colleagues the other day to suggest that we get together to celebrate a beautiful summer week, and was surprised to get an email back from one saying that he and his partner were gone for the summer.
This doesn't sound like a research trip, or a trip of any sort, more a moving away for two and a half months. Nor is it spending the summer to be with a partner.
I don't know how he does it. It's not like rent stops here because you aren't at your place, right? And I don't think his partner's in a super lucrative profession. (It is a mobile profession, though.)
It's clear to all of us that this colleague wants to leave, and we're all rooting for him to get the perfect job that he loves somewhere. Leaving for the summer seems to me that it would make being here for the school year all that much harder. Summer here is pretty darned good. No, there aren't museums or amazing concerts or stage productions right here, but there's stuff within a couple hours drive. And there aren't great sights to see, or the best national parks. But I don't think that's why he's left.
It seems sort of, I don't know, undergrad? Like, I'm going home for the summer? Except I don't know if he's going to be with family (though he's going to the area where he grew up, I think).
The thing is, to me, summer is a time to get to know the area, to get to know people you don't know from work. There are softball leagues, biking groups, free concerts, all sorts of ways to enjoy the community as a community. For me, it's a time to do things I normally don't have time for, and to do summer things, especially, and doing those things makes me happier with the community overall.
I'm not being critical, just curious. Why leave for the summer? And how to manage that financially?
(I know a couple who leave their job area for a summer home on the beach, and a couple who leave for a month at an extended-family summer home on an island off the coast somewhere. So this isn't unique, but it does make me curious.)