Well, we got our things a few weeks ago, and while we still have a lot of work to do (a.k.a. I think I’m actually going to tackle painting some of this place…yikes), the place is finally starting to come together. Have I mentioned how much we love/appreciate all the space we have?
We are getting all of our stuff tomorrow. I think my heart skipped a bit when my husband forwarded the email to me, confirming that, yes – they really did want to schedule delivery of not one, but both of our HHEs! After I came back down to earth, I realized that maybe it was a little ridiculous that I was so excited to receive stuff. Some of which we haven’t seen in a year, which begs the question – do we really even need it??
It took a little bit longer than we thought, but it’s here, and all unpacked. All in all, it took about 6 weeks for us to get our UAB (that’s Unaccompanied Air Baggage for any newbies out there) in comparison to the 2 weeks it took to get it in London. It arrived in Bangkok about 3 weeks after we did, but it took awhile for the import permit to be processed and approved.
I have so much to say, and yet no idea what to say about Bangkok. This place is INSANE. In the best way possible. I’ve never felt so uncomfortable in my life – both because the heat is absolutely stifling, and because something as simple as going to the grocery store has now become very…not simple.
I realized the other day that time is flying by, and that our lives are far from normal. Well, I knew that second part already, but it was only emphasized while I was shopping online the other day, and realized that I couldn’t buy a personalized/custom luggage tag, because I don’t have a permanent phone number. Or a permanent address.
I’ve recently discovered someone that is organized on an “umpteenth times more organized than I” scale. Her name is Alejandra Costello, and she’s amaaaaazing.
So now that we’ve been back in the US for about 6 weeks and are starting to get settled, I’ve had some time to look back on our first post and think of all our “lessons learned” (can’t resist making a little fun of “consultant speak”). It’s so nice not to be a complete newbie anymore, but I’m far from knowing all things Foreign Service. Far. But after lots of bumbling around, we did learn a few things.
We are quickly nearing our last few days in London, and it’s definitely bittersweet to leave. London is obviously an amazing city. We were so lucky to get this post (and first, no less), and are pretty much forever thanking the assignment gods for this one.
Ah, the woes and random issues that become the focus of your life when you’re moving. The latest puzzle for us has been figuring out how to move our two cats back to the U.S. this summer. If you’re in a similar situation, hopefully some of this info will be helpful. It’s been confusing, complicated, and time-consuming so far, and we had a few concerns/obstacles to begin with.