We’ve Arrived

13-July-09

We had three neighbors knock on our door to say hi the day we arrived: a nursery school teacher, midwife and a nanny. How appropriate! Everyone is very friendly; we are very groggy. But if you have the chance, I’d definitely recommend British Airways…it’s the most comfortable coach seat we’ve found going this way. A quick note on first impressions –

Things I have not missed: Not having A/C. I think the warmest it has gotten is probably 65 F, and there is always a cool breeze. Not having a car. We live in a very walk-able neighborhood where everything is close by.

Things I have missed: Microwave; but we resolved that quickly when we found a small one at the grocery store. Stores open late; at least in our neighborhood, on Sunday most stores close at 5PM, and 8PM other nights. Well posted street signs; if the name of a street happens to be displayed, it’s at knee level on the side of a building or fence. Makes getting around a bit of a challenge. But we are happy to be here and finally starting to settle into our new place.

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About expatmama

Karla Oselka Walsworth is a freelance writer/blogger, born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She has lived abroad twice, most recently in London, and keeps a blog on Expat living and traveling with children, www.expatmama.wordpress.com. Living in the last five years in four different cities, her writings tend to focus on challenges of moving/living with children while exposing them to all this planet has to offer. Karla, who has her MBA from the University of Illinois, and is also a certified 200 hour yoga instructor, has settled (for this moment) in the Midwest. As a recovering accountant and budding writer, she is actively raising two children with her husband Eric, hoping to give them as global a perspective as one can, at ages 7 and 4.
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