Relocation completed and we are now connected to the world again
The relocation dust is slowly settling and we are now in the land of chocolates with Wifi connection 🎈
Goodbye Rotterdam home: Tall, strong dutch men appeared on our doorstep to help us pack and move. Each person had the strength of Obelix, effortless flipping over furniture we considered extremely heavy. “They do make these wine fridges in smaller sizes you know. You could have gotten two” was a casual comment made by one while lifting the mega huge wine fridge out the door. Items were swiftly packed and deposited into the truck. We had already set aside our essential items so I had no qualms in surrendering control to them.
Unpacking chaos: Ironically, unpacking was a pandemonium despite the smooth packing process and all the pre-moving organisation including the careful itemisation of contents and labelling of cartons. To give us some space, the well meaning movers helped to remove the bulkier boxes by emptying them out, stacking items on every available surface, without any particular order. It took me some time to sift through the things. This is definitely an area we can improve on when we next move. Anyone with good ideas? (Aside from telling the professionals not to bother opening and removing the boxes).
Slowly settling in to Switzerland: The apartment, our current home, is being organised in between attending to administrative matters and hungry crying children. Jaime started attending his German integration class and Isabel is at home, pining for Rotterdam and her grandma. Emilio and I are happier: life is better with all of us together. We reached a milestone of feeling at ease when we obtained Wifi connection at home a few days ago.
Sharing a few things regarding life in CH:
There are mountains everywhere and they really do enhance any given scenery. E.g. Our big Saturday shop involved breathtaking views (which no doubt will be taken for granted as the weeks pass);
Garbage volume and weight are strictly controlled. We have bought and affixed the special stickers to our garbage bags to make sure we follow the rules. We have also paid a visit to the local recycling centre to deposit all things relating to card boxes and plastic;
Children as young as 4 are encouraged to make their own way to kindergarten and school. Walking, taking the tram etc. This was conveyed to us during the parent-teacher meeting. Gulp. Jaime won’t be doing this until his mum, er I mean he feels comfortable being here, speaking fluent German.