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October 2011

No, I am Not Dead!

Forgive me readers for I have sinned, it has been about 3 weeks since my last post. An eternity in internet years, I know. It is just that I have been busy, moving and building Ikea furniture.  Plus, apparently it takes almost a month to transfer you internet here, so I am without until the 11th.

Hence,  I am writing to you from a McDonalds, where I just had a fish filet. Apparently, ordering something not the way it comes is very odd to the Dutch. The Verlo-  makes me feel like a freak every time I tell him I want my food plain. I know, I am the world's pickiest eater.  Anyways, a lot has happened since my last post. We officially got my address changed, and went to IND. The guy there was super nice, and I have another appointment there after I go to the American Embassy to get my Certificate of Civil Status verified next week. It took about 2 weeks to get an open appt at the US Consulate. So much for trying to do stuff immediately..

I will try to make it to places with WiFi more often in the future. And I can't wait until I have internet again on the 11th. I just wanted to let you guys know I am fine and not dead and have not given up my blog in abandon.

 

In the meantime, Happy Halloween from Holland!

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Know Before You Go

I think I did a decent job of preparing myself before moving over here. I checked immigration websites, blogs, etc for any information I could find before I left. I thought that the verlo- and I were doing the responsible thing by going to City Hall and changing his address to our new apartment and my address to the same. 

After being sent back and forth between a few departments, we finally got a number to wait in line. Apparently, the verlo- could have just gone online and changed his. Something new to keep in mind if you are living here in The Netherlands. After waiting an hour, we were finally called. But unfortunately, my name is not on the rental agreement so they could not register me. So much for being responsible. The lady was really mean too, that famous Netherlander service I've heard so much about. 

It is not too big of a deal, we just had to call the apartment people, and they have sent us a form in which we have to fill out and the process could take weeks. We called IND and they said it was ok, I just have to report within 3 months of landing, not the 3 days that I had originally read. So, at first I had a freakout, but now I am ok! We just didn't read anywhere about the rental agreement so I thought I should tell you. Other than that, things are going good so far. I have just been busy trying to get our new place ready to move in!  

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Where to Begin?

 

Hello Lovelies,

It has been awhile. You will have to forgive me, I did after all move to a whole new country! So many new and interesting things have happened in just a few short days. I guess though, I should start with the flight. I left Atlanta at 10:40pm on Tuesday. My bags were at 49 and 50lbs respectfully. Which means, I only had to pay for an extra checked bag! Atti's US papers were briefly looked over, and after $200.00. We were free to go on our way. Saying goodbye to my parents was really hard, but honestly I was really excited so I did not get as emotional as I probably should have. But, I miss them already!

Going through security was interesting, Atti had to come out of his carrier and I had to carry him through security. He was on a leash but honestly, he was such a good boy he didn't need it. Even the TSA agent said, "what an experienced little traveler, and I said, "no ma'am, his first time. He is just the best boy ever." The man behind me was nice enough to help hold the carrier open, so I could get him back in. Without me even asking, oh the kindness of strangers. I got to my gate, but sat at another, so no one could see Atti. People tend to freak if they see an animal. I gave him a sedative and we got on the plane. He barely fit under the seat! I gave him some water and checked on him to make sure he was okay. He didn't make a peep the entire time. He also didn't drink anything.or use the bathroom. My flight landed at noon, a full hour early, which was great but Loek wasn't supposed to meet me until 1:45pm. There was no line at security, it was a breeze. I tried to call Loek, but my phone wouldn't work inside the airport. For those of you who have never been to Schiphol, there are several places for arrivals to come out. You look on a board by time to see which one the arrivals are coming out of.

By 1:20pm, my flight was no longer listed. I found a pay phone and tried to dial Loek. Every combination I tried, didn't work. I went to the help desk and asked how to make a call. They looked at me like I was dumb then told me to dial 0 not the country code.  Alright, I know silly. I got his voicemail. Finally I found him! After wondering around with all my luggage in a car and Atti on my shoulder. I was so relieved, For a second, I thought maybe he forgot about me! But, he didn't and it was fantastic seeing my guy standing there.

Well, that's how I got here, I'll update you on the rest a little later!

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All My Bags are Packed I'm Ready to Go!

I leave on Tuesday, hard to believe I know! I feel like we have all been waiting so long for me to move and now, it is finally almost here. I don't know that it has hit me yet. Atti had his last vet appointment today, we just had to get the airline form filed out. I also had to buy him a bigger carrier because he grew again! As for me, all my stuff is packed. I ended up buying another giant duffel, which actually turns into a backpack! Now Loek and I can maybe go backpacking through Europe one day. I am checking both of those, bringing a weekender and Atti on the plane with me. My mom is bringing my summer clothes when she comes to visit in January. Since, I am basically ready to go, I am just going to hang out with my mom for these last few days (She is having a really hard time, I am her only). 

As for the apartment, Loek is working hard on it everyday. But since there is so much to do, we probably won't be able to move in the weekend after I land. Which is okay, I will just get to help get it together. I don't know if I will get to update this again before I leave. But just in case I don't: Thank you for reading about all my prep to leave! I promise there will be a different, but equally cool (or cooler) focus to my blog.