I was watching an episode of House Hunters International on AFN this afternoon. It featured young newlyweds moving to Spain so the husband could teach English. The boys were a riot.
First they seemed puzzled as to why the show kept repeating how hard it was to move overseas to a country where they didn't know anyone.
"What's so hard about that? We do it all the time"
Finally they allowed that it would probably be harder if there wasn't an embassy community waiting at post with CLO events so they could meet other kids. They still thought they were making too much of it.
There several comments about how maybe we should think about bidding on Spain because it looked cool. Don't even talk to me about bidding until we get to Oman and have unpacked our HHE, please.
The kicker was at the very end of the show when they reviewed the 3 apartments featured, in the end the young couple didn't choose the expensive but cute apartment in an area of town where there were lots of expats, not did they choose the cheaper beachfront apartment with no oven and a long commute. They smartly choose the cheapest apartment, in walking distance from his work.
The apartment came complete with very funky old tile floor that clashed badly with the aging sofa, a giant dining table in the middle of the living room, and seemingly endless halls between rooms. In short not exactly their dream home but practical, leaving them money to explore the country of Spain.
Alonzo almost jumped up and down as he yelled,
"It's perfect, it looks just like a diplomat's home!!"