The View From Here

[dropcap style=”font-size: 45px; color: #549eb9;”]H[/dropcap]ere’s a shot looking out from the balcony in our bedroom. The water stays fairly cool in the pool. The best option is just to plunge right in to speed up the acclimation process. 🙂

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Settling In & Setting Records

[dropcap style=”font-size: 45px; color: #549eb9;”]T[/dropcap]hanks to the groundwork that DiploMom laid a couple of weeks before we moved out of The Oakwood and to a very capable, if somewhat pushy realtor who can REALLY get things done, we moved out of our temporary hotel and into our house this past Friday. To already be in our permanent housing after not even being here for two weeks is essentially unheard of. Everyone at the embassy was shocked that we already had housing squared away. No one has gotten out of the hotel as quickly as we have.

Moving in was an exercise in logistics. We felt as if we were planning a bank heist that would fall apart if the slightest thing went awry. I got a ride from the hotel to the embassy to pick up DiploMom (DiploTot was napping and with the housekeeper we hired) with about half of our luggage. From there, we were driven to our neighborhood to drop me off to wait for some local embassy staff to deliver temporary furniture around 10 a.m., while DiploMom then returned to the hotel.

All of our temporary furniture arrived on time, so while I directed where to put everything, DiploMom was back at the hotel tying up loose ends and then heading back around 12:15 with DiploTot and the rest of the luggage in the hotel van. Around 1:30 our UAB shipment arrived and then our lovely landlord came by around 3:00 with flowers in hand to review a few final details about the house.

Next up was delivery of our Santa Fe. The car arrived by around 4:30 and that was the last piece of the puzzle to fall into place. We would really have been stuck if there had been problems with the car as we would be too far to walk to the places that were very close when we were at the hotel.

It was a very busy day, but an absolutely wonderful one. To say we are thrilled with the house would be an understatement. It feels so good to finally be back in a place that we aren’t moving out from in the next few months. We can now settle in and put down our roots for the next two years and enjoy this next stretch in our family’s life.

We are truly blessed and are thankful that this house was available. The neighborhood is beautiful and VERY safe and the house is more secure than anything one would find back home. We’ll be able to go on walks with DiploTot and DiploDog and there is a playground right across the street.

The house is perfect for guests and once we get our household effects shipment, (HHE), hopefully in the next month, we’ll be fully set and ready and the house will then truly feel like our home.

I’ll have a bit to say later about getting out and driving around for the first time and making our way to a Walmart and a PriceSmart, which is just like CostCo, the only difference being the name.