Grabbed these from google images and didn’t write down the links. I know shame on m, but here’s a glimpse of Mons.
I’ve been busy hacking up a lung and packing up the house and catching up with my man and dog. No sooner did I land in the U.S. and I got a sore throat and then a full-blown cold (which I haven’t had in forever). I have Joe and Kyle to thank for that one, but it’s all good I’m home.
I got my EOS payment last Thursday and my travel orders this past Monday. Yesterday I got my flight itinerary and today we solidified my shipping dates. Sooooooo, it’s official: I move to Belgium on August 6. My furniture and household goods begin their journey on August 15. Joe and Badger join me in February.
It’s all coming together. Pretty soon you’ll be getting bombarded with Belgium posts and all the new I get to experience. I’m exhausted from all that we’re doing to get to that point, but I’m also very excited.
And on that note, I’ve got errands to run. Woo Hoo this new job thing is happening!
I’m down to my final nights. I’ve essentially been homeless since the first week of June, but let’s be real I haven’t really been homeless. I’ve had my own bedroom and bathroom at Shannan’s, and then I spent a little over a week at Michelle’s in Virginia, and now I’m in my hotel room at the Danat in Al Ain. Plus, I still own my house in Arizona (although that’s finally going on market before the end of this month!). So, the correct thing to say is I’m living out of my suitcases.
While checking in I ran into a family I moved here with — shout out to the Dafoes! We were in the same hotel when we first moved here, and looks like we’re in the same on our way out. Now, that I’m at the end of my journey here it feels like it just started while at the same time feeling like a lifetime ago. Spending my final days at the Danat will be fun though. I have friends here (and friends who will visit), a pool, several bars, a balcony and a comfy bed — minus all that stress of jet lag while being a new hire. OMG it’s such a relief to be finished with all of the paperwork. All I’m waiting on here is my EOS. Time to breathe before I begin the new hire stress in Belgium.
I’ll be suitcase surfing for a while now.
Thursday I’m off to Germany for a week (woo hoo! can’t wait to see my family.), then Amsterdam, then a stopover night in Iceland, then Virginia, then Phoenix for two or three weeks (depending on my travel orders) and then it’s back to hotel living for however long it’ll take for me to find my next home. When I finally get a lazy weekend in my new home it’ll be epic — perhaps a blog post about how happy I am to be home alone in my own bed, wherever the hell that home is. Mons? suburb of Brussels? somewhere in between? or to the right or left of the base? who knows? All I know is it’ll be near all this green…
Image taken from http://transcultures.be/en/2013/05/02/open-call-park-in-progress-mons-belgium-in-the-international-city-sonic-sound-art-festival/
Cooler temps, bicycle paths, canals and lakes, old pubs …. woo hoo!
But until then it’s back to enjoying room service, valet parking, pool and spa time!