Have you heard? We have moved AGAIN. Lol!
We have been back in Germany as of January 4, 2021!
I am giving you a little background of how our PCS (Permanent Change of Duty Station) worked with this post.
We have done the official moving dance from one duty station to the following, six times officially and two times on our own because moving was either a personal decision or not authorized. Four out of the six times were international moves, meaning moving from one continent to another one.
So, eight moves in 15 years of being together. I can tell you it has been a ride!
I feel that we have been fortunate over the years. Neither our HHG (household goods) nor our cars have ever been lost or severely damaged. Sure, there have been some broken pieces, but nothing that has ever been not replaceable.
Moving with Complications
Our last move was (or the whole process) a little different from moves before that. Since we found out already in the summer of last year (June 30, 2020), my husband was hired for a new job, and we would be moving back to Germany again. Unfortunately, after we found out, some Human Resources problems had to be dealt with, and instead of a regular 45-day of moving action, it took six months.
That probably sounds good to many since it gave us more time to get everything in order, but it did not help at all. There was much uncertainty in these six months, and it proved to push our nerves to the edge.
We did not receive orders to move until the end of October, and three days later, our house was on the market. That is how quickly things have to move when it is finally time.
Adding another fun fact was that yet another US government shutdown was looming one day before our HHG was packed out on December 28, 2020! Meaning we would not have been able to fly out on the already booked dates, and all our pre-booked hotel stays, but especially Toby’s flight clearance (health certificates) would have to be changed again.
I do not want to get into too many details, but it was a bizarre situation, and our stress levels were through the roof over Christmas last year.
Back in Germany
It all has worked out in the end, though, and now I am sitting in our German rental home overlooking little German rooftops and a cute little church from the office.
We moved into this house on March 11, and we have settled in pretty well so far. Since there is nothing to do besides staying home and going hiking, the house has come along well so far.
Although I have to stay, I still need to adjust to my own country this time around. Our neighbors and people living on our street have been fantastic so far, but there have been some encounters with people (unfortunately on the regular, too) that have made it a little harder to adjust to life back home, and that makes me sad.
Sean and I are looking forward to traveling again finally. Travel was so standard last time living in Europe that I feel so much appreciation for finally hitting the road again. I can barely wait.
Right now, we are under another lockdown. So, I am praying for summer travel. As of now, we are hoping to go somewhere over the July 4th weekend, probably to the Alps. I miss the mountains so much!
But for now, we enjoy exploring our new neighborhood and making this new house our home.