If I remember correctly, I spit out my last post right around the time our shipping container arrived in country. Shari and I were getting excited about not having to live out of one suit case anymore and we were taking daily trips to our empty home to see if we had everything we needed to make our move as smooth as possible.
On September 7th, Ihsan called us with the great news that the ship carrying our entire lives had indeed docked safe and sound-I cannot tell you how happy I was to hear that! The long part of transporting our personal items was over-it seemed that it would only be a matter of a few days before we were all moved in.....
Well, things didn't quite work out that way, but I am happy to report that I am typing this post at our dining room table over our own Internet connection at our new home. We still have some sorting out to do, but all in all, things have fallen into place quite well even if they did in an unconventional way....
If I do not take anything else away from our time here, I will undoubtedly learn patience. I did not realize how little patience I had until going through the process of moving into a new home in a third world country. All I can say is thank God for Shari and our friends here-without them, I would not even know where to start.
Growing up in the US, I've grown accustom to getting what I want or need in about 10 to 20 minutes. All one has to do in the states is jump on the Internet or drive down to the nearest super store to find the goods or services one needs. Not so here. You must know someone who knows someone who does what you need or can find what you are looking for. The someone who knows someone should preferably be a local who can get you the best price for the goods or services you desire-if not, get ready to pay the foreigner rate (two to three times what you should).
Before we get into all of that, let's back up to the time of my last post. The night before our stuff arrived, Shari and I went to a roof top restaurant close by the home we had been staying at for a wonderful evening meal. The joint is run by the well known Chef Koluu whom we first heard about on "No Reservations", one of our favorite US food travel shows. It was a nice evening out, so we managed to snap some nice pics. Check out the website if you're interested in learning more about this place: http://www.lemon.lk/index.php.
|Lamb skewers and prawns|
|Looking at restaurant from the lounge area|
|Looking at the lounge area from the restaurant|
Not to worry though, we were in good hands with Ihsan. Being a life long native and business man, Ihsan knows how to get things done in this country, even when the first, second, third and fourth option don't work out the way they should. After a bit of a delay, our stuff was released on Thursday, September 15th.
Prior to our stuff being released, we got a ton of things done inside of the home, including repainting some rooms in the house, relocating the kitchen sink and counter top, getting an air condition unit installed in the master bedroom, purchasing an antique outdoor teak table and chair set, getting extra electrical outlets installed and looking for storage furniture piece. Each job we completed came with its own set of challenges. Especially confounding was the complete absence of closets and cabinets and the availability of only one electrical outlet per room! Because of the tropical climate, homes built in Sri Lanka are build out of brick and concrete-perhaps this is the reason closets are not normally included and may be the reason for so few electrical outlets since it is much harder to run electrical conduit through brick than it is through the hollow walls of a wooden or metal studded home.
BEFORE moving in, we walked the home and documented all of the issues we could spot so that we could prove the pre-move in condition of the house. Important since there were many issues that we do not want to get stuck paying for when we end up moving out. For the most part, the house will be a very nice and comfortable place for Shari and I over the next few years.
|Before pic of the front porch and yard area|
|Before pic of the new kitchen area-check out our TINY stove!|
|Atrium-great light and nice in the rain|
|Before pic of the living and dinning area|
|Before pic of the master bedroom with NEW accent wall color|
|We are going to turn this into a make shift walk-in closet.|
|Future gym room|
|Future office room|
|Rush hour on Thimbirigasyaya Road|
|Now THAT looks familiar|
|Are you $@%#%@ kidding me????|
|Outdoor seating area|
|Living and dinning area|
|Seating and atrium|
|Guestroom-who will be the first to stay here?|
|Dinning area-need to buy a few more chairs-lost two to breakage|
|OK-here we go-piece of cake...|
|I think it just needs some oxygen....blow....blow...what the #$@%!|
|Ah, some much needed help from Shari's parent's driver|
Now that we are settled, we are going to start taking some trips out of Colombo in addition to trying to find jobs so stay tuned for future posts and check out:
to see all of the pictures from the last few weeks....