Wow, I haven’t blogged since we left Kosovo, which already seems like so long ago. We were in the States for about 6 weeks, and then last weekend we made the trek to Tbilisi. Tbilisi was in the news everywhere recently due to major flooding, which caused severe property damage, over twenty casualties, and escaped zoo animals. You can read more here. On a happier note, just the other day a missing penguin was found alive!
I want to write about what we did during home leave and our travel over here, but it may take me a bit to catch up. For now, we are settling in slowly. Abby and I both have serious jet lag. It’s very unpleasant to be wide awake during the wee hours of the morning. We are living in temporary (TDY) housing for a few weeks while our permanent house is being cleaned and painted (the tenants just left on Monday). Our TDY place is in the same neighborhood as our permanent housing and we are really excited to be here.
It’s overwhelming to arrive in a new country, but quickly we’ve been reminded how the FS is full of friendly faces and people willing to lend a hand. On our first day checking in at the Embassy, one woman that we had just met was entertaining Abby with toys while I had to run off and take care of a few things. Multiple people offered trips to the grocery store, food, toys and baby items for Abby, and helpful tips about life here. I look forward to being one of the settled ones and paying it forward to newcomers in the future!