I feel a bit like a broken record these days, after we have now shared our news with everyone. I keep saying the same things over and over again to different people; I answer the same questions and nod my head and agree on what a big adventure it'll be, and how exciting it all is, not really being sure if I keep saying all that over and over again to comfort myself mostly...
I'm very emotional these days. It'll be such a big change.
Moving here was so much easier, Linnea was not even 2 years old yet and Lucas only 3 1/2. They didn't really know what was going on. The kids and I spent a summer month holidaying in Sweden while Nathan went ahead and got everything sorted here, so we got to move straight into an unpacked house when we arrived - where even the Lego was all built up!
We had two schools to choose from, this one or that one, and there was no problems getting the kids enrolled. We already knew some people and got thrown right into a big social circle.
Abu Dhabi is a different story. I've lost count how many schools there are, and everyone I talk to who knows anything about the place, gives different advice.
Plus, we have no idea yet in which area we will be living, or in what kind of house. Will it be big and spacious, will it be modern, will it be smaller and more compact, will it be more old-fashioned?
Since we don't know, we are selling off all of our furniture here (it's ok, they have IKEA in Abu Dhabi!), and luckily that's going well. But trying to sort out the rest of the house feels like shoveling snow in a snow storm! Every time you think you are done with a room or a space, you open another cupboard and more things keep falling out! Arghhh...
I'm emotional because I know how fast time will go and before we know it, it'll be time to go. I'm glad we are going somewhere else, to experience something new - rather than leaving because we desperately want to get out of here. We are very happy in our life here, but we are also curious to try a different kind of life, and we hope we will be equally happy there. It's kind of a win-win situation, to leave when you feel like this!
But that's also why I'm so emotional and teary. I've had a good time here, and Brunei will always have a very special place in my heart.