One easily forgets what it takes to physically create a home. Add to it, lack of directions, language barriers, unfamiliar transportation, anxious spouse and kids, and little free time and you have a pretty interesting situation.
When we arrived at our apartment we were thankful for made beds, a roll of toilet paper and a little breakfast food. After a trip to the grocery store with our Country Rep, we were ready for another day or two.
The last week, between orientation events and trips to the kids’ school, I have made several trips to different department stores, sometimes walking and carrying and sometimes in a taxi. Dish rags, paper towels, food, glasses, cutting board, water pitcher, trash cans, something to light the stove with and we still create a list each day.
It can be pretty exhausting to go out almost each day to find things with which to make a home. At the same time, it has proven to be a great way to get to know the city and create a sense of direction.