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Emptying our house

Posted on September 12th 2008 by Arthur in Personal, The Big Move

Today we moved our couch, a cabinet, Amy’s bike and some other things to our family in Roosendaal. Our house is getting pretty empty now, and we just have some essential furniture left. We rented this small truck at Bo-rent to move the stuff:


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Boxes shipped [2]

Posted on September 11th 2008 by Arthur in Personal, The Big Move

After sending off our boxes yesterday we heard back from Worldwide Baggage Services today about the costs and schedule. The costs are pretty close to what we had already calculated on their website, which is great. This is the only company that we could find where you could just fill in details about your shipment and destination online and instantly get a quote. Good stuff. Our things will be transported on the ship on the photo below (this actual ship!). It will leave in about two weeks and then arrive in Chicago two weeks later:

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Boxes shipped

Posted on September 9th 2008 by Arthur in Personal, The Big Move

Today we have finally shipped out our boxes for our move to the USA. Yippee! They will be shipped by boat and should arrive in Chicago in 6 to 8 weeks.

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Deep into packing

Posted on September 2nd 2008 by Amy in The Big Move

We’re trying to get our stuff shipped out by next week. Arthur’s doing most of the packing. I’m mostly just freaking out, chanting these songs: Let it Go and Give It Away and this one from RHCP.

What’s wrong with Kingsport, TN?

Posted on July 18th 2008 by Amy in The Big Move

What’s wrong with Kingsport? Well, it’s not Ocala. It’s also not Durango. It’s not Lakeland, Cincinnati, Nederland, or Rockford. It’s not even Asheville or Greenville. It’s not any of the dozens of places we thought we might like to live, but it was the number one pick when we went through the survey on a few months ago. We’ve done the survey a few more times since then, and Kingsport comes up in our top 10 every time.

On you can pick your lifestyle preferences in categories like weather (we like seasons, but keep it mild, please); culture (museums & music – yes, zoos and operas – no); recreation; region (we have no particular preference); and housing cost. Affordable housing is a priority for us as we would like to buy a house.

Some other towns that come up under our preferences are Sheboygan, Wisconsin (too cold in the winter); Salem, Oregon (too far from home); and Tulsa, Oklahoma (too tornadoey).

So what’s wrong with Kingsport?