Sunday, April 25, 2010

Packed. Almost Out.

Posted in Foreign Service Life, India at 7:19 pm by graceandpoise

The moving company came on Thursday morning, and it was like a whirlwind hit the apartment. Pretty soon, there was packing paper everywhere, cardboard everywhere, and a HUGE stack of boxes in our living room. It took them all of one day to pack all our worldly possessions. Our last experience of the service sector in India, and these guys were actually PUNCTUAL, and SKILLFUL, and POLITE – that is to say, they blew every other experience we’ve had with the service sector in India way, WAY out of the water.  Who’d have thunk?

We spent one night with an apartment full of boxes, and by shortly after mid-day the following day, everything was out the door and in crates on trucks.  Now we just keep our fingers crossed that these complete strangers who we just gave all our possessions to handle our things responsibly, the crane doesn’t dump the container into the drink, the stuff doesn’t arrive all moldy, the furniture doesn’t splinter, the boat doesn’t sink, and the glass doesn’t break.  No biggie, right?

Now we’re in our final less-than-a-week of our tour in India.  I’m kind of reluctant to really let myself believe it until I’ve done that long-awaited Last Visa Ever.  Oh, what a sense of freedom that will be!!!

In the meantime, we’re living out of suitcases, still in our same apartment, but without any of the things that really make it a home.  Looking forward to spending some quality time at home (the longest stretch of time I’ve been able to spend there since 2001 – what a crime is that?) and taking on a whole new set of challenges once we get to DC for our next assignment.  Fingers crossed that a certain volcano puts a cork in it, or at least behaves somewhat!


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  2. Jill said,

    Best of luck on your return to DC and your Journey out of India. I have 5 more weeks here – pack out is in 3 weeks and it feels like I’m moving at the speed of light.

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