There is light at the end of the tunnel. We’re getting there. No, we’re not getting our stuff, but we probably are moving in to our new place. Dan sent out a pleading email today (it contained the phrase, “my wife is going crazy”) to his new coworkers asking for help in getting the things we absolutely must have to move out of here and into “our” apartment: a crib for Liam, a mattress for Benjamin and some plates and utensils (he also asked for some things we don’t need but which would be nice, like a changing table, a baby bath, blankets, sheets and an air mattress for Dan & I). Thankfully, these people have all been there — the nice thing about the UN is that everyone is from somewhere else — so people inundated Dan today with offers to help.
We’re being loaned a portacrib for Liam, a mattress for Benjamin, a changing pad and a baby bath (at least). Two coworkers are taking their lunch tomorrow to help Dan collect the items and move items into our new place. I can’t get everything in this place together by noon tomorrow, so we won’t *actually* move until Saturday, but we could theoretically spend tomorrow night in our new place if we want to. I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity.
There are some down sides. Principally, we won’t have internet (which we’ve been relying on heavily since arriving) and there aren’t curtains on the windows (that, at least, needs to be addressed pretty immediately, or no one will be getting much sleep). We also have access to a washer/dryer here (only one for the whole building, but still) and we won’t at “home”. I don’t think it’s really going to feel like “home” until we get at least some of our things, but at least we won’t be financially supporting three apartments (our condo in VA, our temporary place and “our” place that we’re moving in to).
Frankly, the whole “camping” thing has really lost its lustre for me — it was a fun part of this adventure for the first few days, but camping for a month, especially when it isn’t on purpose, is just being homeless. This time last month we were at the airport, getting checked in and heading to our flight. We’re still going to be “roughing it” at the new place, but at least we can be actively moving towards setting it up as a home, rather than continuing to be in limbo. For now, this seems like progress (but check with me again next week).