Now, the craziness begins.
We will begin our journey to this new, foreign land.
We are excited about going to Atyrau, Kazakhstan. It is something completely different than these last two assignments in Maracaibo, Venezuela and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We are going to a land of extreme weather, camp life (as opposed to apartment living), and a small school. The kids are looking forward to a winter with snow, finally...
I'm just not sure they realize how cold it gets there!
I have seen pictures of kids throwing snowballs and ice skating, so that is good enough for them!
I just have to find all the right gear.
My husband and I will be making a trip to visit and see what we are getting into. We actually can turn the job down after this trip, but I know we will not do that.
I'm anxious to go and actually see this camp life living situation.
I hear it can be a great resource and fun times because the city offers not much else. At the same time, I've heard it is like living in a fish bowl...good thing I know how to swim ;)
We have to separate a shipment from our current location. Most of our belongings will go into storage in the US. The townhouses are furnished there in Atyrau. Oh yea, that's another high point...a townhouse!
We are finally free (at least for a few years!) of apartment living. We are all looking forward to this...just being able to walk outside your front or back door with no elevators to wait for!
So, I'm trying to remain calm. I am ready to be there and get things started and settled. I'm ready to have the kids begin their new life amongst new friends and new teachers.
The school is extremely small. It really is only for those crazy families (like us!) that are working for my husband's company and a few outside contractors working for them. this translates into either a lot of attention for our kids, or the fish bowl feeling of claustrophobia.
Our kids are highly adaptable, so I think they will thrive with the attention. Let's see...more to come on this as it happens...
Oh, this is like my favorite TV show...24!
Coming to you in real time...hehehehe
I will keep you updated on when we are going on the look-see!