The thing about moving is that you have to make a lot of decisions, and when you move overseas you have a few more. Do you crate up all of your belongings, or do you sell all of your belongings? If you sell, what items do you keep? What things have personal value and what things can be replaced? How much can I fit into a few suitcases?
Well we have now sold most of our belongings. Benjamin just sold his motorcycle last week, and that was the last major item. Now we have a pile of clothes, some kitchen stuff, and a few odds and ends. We will try to fit a good portion of our stuff in some footlockers that we bought from Walmart.
In about two months, we will be boarding an airplane, and in one month, I will begin our final packing and trying to fit as much stuff as I can into every nook and cranny.
Lesson Learned: If in doubt, sell it.
Now that training is done, Benjamin and I are headed back to our families to spend some time with them before we board a plane in a few short weeks, but first… we pack! Piles of clothes, kitchen wares and personal keepsakes are staring me in the face and make me ask the question, “do I need this?” If you have seen the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, you may remember the scene at the Sample Sale when Rebecca Bloomwood had to ask herself the same question.
It seems that I have to look at every item and justify its place in my suitcase because I must somehow fit our entire life into no more than eight suitcases weighing no more than 50-70 pounds. It is no simple thing, but it must be done.
Lesson Learned: Don’t have so much stuff.
Our work training took us to the Big Apple, and we spent a lot of time in the area called Brighton Beach, or rather “Little Russia.”
We had a great time exploring that area, meeting people and trying new foods. Did you know that there are at least 800 languages spoken in NYC and that it is the most diverse city in the world linguistically speaking? In Brighton Beach, a majority of the people did not speak English fluently, which is good training since we plan to head overseas in the next month or so. We loved being immersed in a completely different culture and can’t wait to see what our new home culture will be like.
We were able to have some fun also. Benjamin went to a Mets game. I went to see Les Miserables on Broadway, and the tickets for my adventure were decidedly more expensive.
Lesson learned: Although New York is a wonderful place, I am glad that I will get to live in a smaller city.