Here is my timeline for the past week……
Spent my last day at school before having the students, and then had to hurry out since I was getting EVERYTHING delivered to my apartment (appliances, furniture, etc) I had told both stores to NOT deliver until after 5. Hmm…started getting calls at noon asking where I was. Gotta love those communication barriers! Needless to say, once I got to my place at 4:30- I got everything delivered. The only issue was there is apparently not a ready-made outlet in the laundry room. Therefore, dryer sits sadly unplugged and unusable. Also, no outlets in either bathroom??? Least of my concerns at the moment.
Yes, I did it. I braved IKEA for all the little gadgets and stuff. I still stand by my dislike of their furniture- but they do have a nice price for the little things! I also liked their café….yummy lunch! Got back to hotel for my last night of 5 star treatment. Sigh….I should also mention that at this point, we just received an email that we are to ONLY have gas cookers- no electric stoves. And yes, the stove I just had installed is indeed electric. hmmmm
MOVE IN DAY! All the big items were moved over, so this was about stocking up the fridge and moving over all my clothes, etc. I finally arrived at the apartment at 2 and spent 3 hours setting up and “prettifying” the place. I must say, it looks awfully cozy. The only problem is that NOBODY has moved in this building yet, and I have NO Internet. By 7pm, I was one lonely girl. The place was oddly quiet and having never lived alone ever- this was not a welcome feeling. I also nearly forgot that my first day of teaching in the Middle East was mere hours away. Hm- probably should start processing that?
Saturday- and early Sunday
Up every 30 minutes worrying….sigh
We will title this part of the move as “Ali’s Meltdown.” No bueno. First thing I do is try to turn on one of my fabulous new lamps that I bought at the souk, and it nearly explodes. I guess trying to plug 3 things in one outlet is too much for this place to handle? After fumbling around BEFORE COFFEE to fix the breaker, I proceed to the shower that only shoots water straight out….no little cascade over my head- just straight out at me. Grrrrr….that and the drain is set higher then where the water falls, so is therefore NOT DRAINING. Did I also mention that I still have no internet. On top of little sleep and the stress of moving compiled with the stress of the first day of school left shattered nerves and a very teary call to my husband begging to bring me home. Not my finer moment. Nuff’ said.
Finally got to school (no thanks to our late taxi driver) and met my kids. Gotta say with the reputation that comes with the students here, I was very pleasantly surprised. They are a lot lower with language than I anticipated, but for the most part, well behaved and very loving. Beautiful children this country produces! I will have to rethink the curriculum however. Thank heavens I have such a wonderful team of teachers and coaches to collaborate with!
And Even Later Sunday….
(still feels weird starting the school week on a Sunday!)
Taxi was a “no-show” but just as well. We have a fabulous teacher near us that has added us to his morning commute. YAY! Wasn’t looking forward to going home to another quiet, lonely, internet-less night. Thank heavens for friend, beer/wine, and pizza! Found out that I have to replace my electric stove with a gas one. Decided to ditch the stove and put my dryer in the kitchen. WHY NOT? I’ll just get a toaster over. It is just for me after all! We also enjoyed the floorshow of the maintenance men trying to fix the plumbing in my apartment. Turns out, it’s a much bigger problem than anticipated- but I did manage to talk one of them into hanging up my beautiful mirror from the souk! They set up to come back Monday…..
Much better day at school. Things are coming along.
Even better was at the end of the day when I get that call- INTERNET!!!! Once I got home, the internet, plumber and electrician were ALL here getting things in order. Got the internet up first. SO HAPPY!!!!!!!! Turns out I am the first one in this complex to get the internet. On the other side of the coin- my ceiling may cave in because of a huge leak on the floor above me. Why no meltdown here? Cuz I have internet! I will sit here checking email, Skyping, and updating Facebook whilst watching the plaster and water come on down! Ha- I kid……I hope. Needless to say, I will have several repairmen here in the morning.
What I Have Learned This Week
Being independent does not mean having to do things alone. It means knowing who to ask to help you, not being afraid to ask and then finding people to stand with you and laugh about the crazy things going on around you. Life is so much better when you keep your sense of humor about you.
More to come……