We got our travel orders approved for early August, so it’s official! Now the race to the finish begins. Time to start going through all of the stuff we’ve accumulated here since October, figure out what we need and what we don’t, and start organizing (something we didn’t do before our initial pack-out). We have accumulated a lot of crap here in Falls Church, but most of it isn’t necessarily coming with us to the D.R. I see a good number of Aidan’s older toys being jettisoned, as well as a bunch of my clothes. We also need to start buying some of the things that will be difficult/expensive to procure in the D.R. (i.e. a TV, gift wrap, cleaning products, etc.) as well as get other important things like patio furniture and a dining room table and chairs. It’s funny, now that we’re going to have a real house, I feel like we should also have some real furniture as well. A lot of subsisting on crappy, old furniture needs to come to an end now that we’re moving. Hopefully we can get out with not too much cash being laid out.
We got our passports last week. I finally have my black passport. So excited. It makes me feel so important. Now we just need to apply for our visas and get our vaccinations.
Last topic of today’s post: pet shipment. Shipping your pets is a giant pain in the neck. Airlines have temperature restrictions for shipping warm-blooded animals: if it’s under 45 degrees or over 85 degrees in any city on your route, they won’t ship them. We’re going to a country that rarely is below 85 degrees and shipping out of Washington, D.C. in August during a year that has seen consistently-higher-than-average temperatures since mid-April. Not to mention the cost involved with shipping them. Most of the quotes we got were upwards of $2,800 for 2 pets. Their airfare is only about $900 – the rest of the cost is for “administrative fees” charged by the shipping services. I was lucky enough to find one that is only going to take $1,700 or so of my money… let’s hope that a cheaper price doesn’t equal a pet shipping nightmare.
I’m really beginning to get concerned about cost and deadline for our move. Yes, a lot of cost can be reimbursed by the gov’t, but it’s the gov’t… not known for its efficiency. We can also get an advance on our salary, but the wife’s not too keen on that. All of this is creating a lot of stress for me, and it’s only going to get worse as the big day approaches.