Monthly Archives: September 2013

Progress – Sort Of

Yippee, I’m going on a research trip!

The final decision still hasn’t been made and – unless we make it ourselves – probably won’t be for a couple more weeks. In the meantime, the opportunity has arisen for a week-long visit to one potential new destination with friends who also plan to move there.

We agonised a bit – after all, if we end up going to the alternative place then it’s a big fat waste of money and time. But if we say no and that is where we’re moving to, it’s a wasted chance to meet our friends’ contacts, make the most of their already-gained local knowledge and generally get ahead of the game.

The trip isn’t until the end of October and there’s every chance we’ll know one way or the other what we’re doing by then. In which case, I guess I’ve lucked into an unexpected holiday. (We needed to say yea or nay pretty quickly.)

But it’s amazing how much of a boost it is to feel that at least we’re moving forward and doing something!

I’m already impatiently counting down the days and making lists of things not to forget. Haven’t felt this positive for ages!




Feeling Frustrated

It’s amazing how unsettled not knowing where you’re going makes you feel.

I’d hoped that this post would be more along the lines of “Yippee, it’s going to be….”, but instead we’re still more or less where we were. We did think the decision was made last week, when it seemed one of our options had all but vanished – but no, it’s still there.

We could, of course, take matters into our own hands and walk away from it – choose to go with the other plan – but neither of us wants to do that. At least, not yet. Fingers crossed we should know by the end of the month, all being well.

For now – we just have to live with the frustration. There are a hundred and one questions we have about each potential destination, not to mention arrangements we can start to put in place. But until we know where it will be, there’s no point.

We’ve started making friends with people on the forums, asking some exploratory questions of those who live in each place we could be relocating to. Everyone is so helpful and supportive, and offers to introduce us to contacts…. Not being able to take any of it forward or wanting to waste anyone’s time means we have to draw back. For now, anyway.

So, instead, we do what we can. Decorating, de-cluttering, writing notes and making lists, all the while with fingers crossed that matters will be resolved as soon as possible.

My sights are fixed on the end of September. Please, please let us have an answer by then.