I promised a few friends I would explain how we went about getting rid of just about all our belongings when we left the United States. The first time, we only had about two and a half months to do so: trying to strike a balance between efficiency and getting some cash. Post all our … Continue reading How to downsize, like really.
Twice in the last 7 years I've consolidated all our belongings to a few suitcases. One time we were a family of four. The first time, we had a baby (and so much baby stuff). At one point we were living as a family out of 2 hotel rooms (no kitchen) for 70 days. Another … Continue reading What it’s like to downsize to a few suitcases
Things you cannot possibly understand you will have to do when you start over in another country: Find things to sleep on and sit on. Find things to cook on, keep food in, and wash clothes with. Get these things to your home. Get these things connected/wired in. Learn to use these things that have … Continue reading What it’s like to start over in a new country
The following blog post was written in 2011, right after we left the USA and moved to our new home in the middle east. I found it in our old family blog. The words could have been written one month ago, as we left the country we called home. This is the part of our … Continue reading Saying good-bye
Goals for our first full day (Saturday): Get up in time for the free breakfast. NOPE. jet lag won on this one. Exchange some $ for Dirhams. check. Eat lunch. check. unpack stuff trash hotel room with baby accessories. check. Find grocery store, go there, and get food that is way cheaper than hotel restraunts. … Continue reading First Day
No pictures to show for it, but we made the long journey here: 26.5 total hours of travel = 15 hours on airplanes, 2.5 hours in automobiles, 9 hours in airports. Left James's parents home Thursday at noon and were in our hotel room at 11 PM Friday. All 6 bags made it... even after all the … Continue reading We made it!
this is it: 2 bags and 1 carry on per person
Stats of our travel from the USA to UAE: 1 pound = 2.2 kilograms 7 total flights in 7 days (2 to texas, 3 back, 2 to Abu Dhabi) United charges $50 for the 2nd bag, and $100 for each additional bag (per ticketed passenger). 50 pound weight limit. $125 charge per bag for going over the … Continue reading converting kg to lbs
As we have been getting ready for our big move, we have had to get a rediculous amout of passport photos. First, we had to get a set in order to update our passports. We went ahead and paid Walgreens to do the work, and then kept 1 copy of each of ours. GOOD THING. We have … Continue reading How to not go broke buying passport photos
We picked up some interesting habits (besides selling all our stuff) our last 2 months in the US of A, and decided to keep track: 2 months out: Stop buying groceries, especially in bulk Start cooking recipes using up the random things left in the cupboard, like rice noodles or poppy seeds. Insist on reading … Continue reading Things you do when you are about to leave