Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cancellation and clearances

Leaving is just as complicated as arriving and knowing I get to do some of the same things again upon our return is actually rather frustrating.

To date, I've cancelled the girls' and my visas, closed and cleared our Internet account, closed and am waiting for clearance of our utilities, moved our belongings into a friend's for the summer and am waiting to get my housing clearance form.... 

All while reporting to work, marking exams and entering final grades. Is it July 5th yet???

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Transition time

Right now everything is in transition. We are packing for the move, downsizing, packing for summer holidays, and trying to organize as much as possible for the changes that are coming. 

I'm excited about our new schools and starting to receive the welcome information from both of them (Belle will be at a different school). We have information for our new flat. But I'm still waiting on information from my current employer on how to complete the exit process. The good news is that my resignation has been approved and now it's moved onto the paperwork dance. 

At least Zofia is packed and ready. ;)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Counting the days...

I've been counting down the days left working in my current job. It helps keep me focused on the upcoming transition and I think is helping the girls prepare too. The end of the school year is always rough in the expat world because even if you aren't moving yourself, people you know are. We've known the whole school year that it was our last year in our current home, schools, etc., but now we are looking around at the other people making changes too. Next year, our community of friends will be expanding their global reach as they move on to new places and positions. Some will be staying in country like us, but also transitioning to new positions or schools.

We are looking forward to spending a month in the US and catching up with friends and family. But, we are also looking forward to the opportunities that moving to Dubai will provide. We received some free passes to Bounce Dubai and had a fabulous time.
I think it will be a nice place to visit more often! So for now, we are just going to keep downsizing and getting ready for our next jump. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Destination: Dubai!

Well, we thought we'd be leaving the UAE, and learned we are just switching Emirates.... In August, the girls and I will be returning to the UAE after a visit to the homeland, but living in the Emirate of Dubai. I've accepted a position at the Al Mizhar American Academy and am thrilled that the girls will be able to attend the same school.