Sunday, August 25, 2013

Made it to Muscat

We made it to Oman. My initial impressions are hot, hotter, and even hotter than that; Sky high humidity, like Galveston in the summer time. Lots of dust, very little green, very stark and basically alien to anything we have experienced before. I know with time I will learn to love (at least aspects of) this post, but right now I am overwhelmed and really just want to go home, or at the very least make like an ostrich and hide my head in the sand for a bit… good thing there seems to be lots of sand around.

We had a fun-filled, but very busy, and very short summer in the states. If you missed it we bought a house this summer, and our short time in the states was dedicated to turning it into a home. Mission accomplished! It is beautiful and I love it. I will blog more details and pictures later, but for right now blogger has decided to go Arabic on me, and I can’t find the button that allows me to change it back to English, and I can’t load the login page, so I am typing this in word then my absolutely fabulous husband will post it for me from work, on break of course.

I don’t know if having my little home in the 'hood made the landing in Oman easier or not, but there have been fewer tears this time than any move before. I don’t care what anyone says about moving to a new country, I don’t do a honeymoon period. Never have, and I suspect I never will. By the time the plane lands, I am depressed, fighting tears, missing our family and friends in the states, and completely homesick for our last post. And that period of time when you are in an echoey house full of strange furniture, but nothing that is really yours, is the worst. That more than any other tie is when I feel like we are really in limbo. It is hard to start turning a house into a home when you don't have any or your things. We are living out of our suitcases until our stuff eventually makes it way here from Malawi, then I can start finding where my stuff will go in this new house, and start making it finally feel like home. Hopefully that will be soon.

Eventually we will have working internet at the house and I will get back to updating regularly and then I can share all the fun we had this summer, as well as our settling in process here in Oman.

9 comments:

Monica said...

miss you, friend! hope that the settling in comes soon and the sucky in-between can go. away. your sweet house looks great still but a little sad without you guys milling about. ;o) can't wait to see pics of your new country. xoxo

Connie said...

The in-between part does suck and I hope it passes soon! Welcome to your new home and I hope that all of your settling in goes smoothly!

Nomads By Nature said...

I am remembering the initial shock we felt through your post. When the sweat was rolling down our backs just from getting off the plane at midnight I thought for sure I was gonna melt away by morning and die.
And during the first days I thought I could be on Mars or the moon just as easily with the landscape. But it got better and better, especially as the summer temps went down and our stuff arrived. Hang in there!

Jody said...

I'm so sorry to hear it is a tough transition but thrilled that you were able to get the house in the States! We are also having a tough time transitioning - we love being back in Zambia but our accommodations have been really uncomfortable. Sending hugs!

Brooke said...

Limbo is the worst! Shoot me a message if you want to hang out in the morning - we might even be up for hosting dinner in a week or so. I'll let you know

take care

Brooke said...

PS - you are totally right about Mars Nomads by Nature!

Terio said...

You are resilient. You always start out treaty eyed and depressed then you accept it and all is well!! Pictures please and lots!!

Chuzai Living said...

I hope your initial one month will go fast for you this time. It did for me during this move. I have a friend here who just moved from Oman and she loved her life there. I hope you'll love Oman, too. Thanks for a comment on my Facebook page!

Heather said...

Greetings Shannon! I'm Heather and I was hoping you could answer my question I have about your blog! Please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)