Tonight is the fifth night in our new house in Bergen, Norway. I'm having a little trouble adjusting my sleep schedule to this new place and timezone, and am currently wide awake in bed, at nearly 2am.
The decision to move here with my husband from San Francisco, California, was not an easy one or a quick one. Of course, leaving one's home, job, family, friends, language, & country would not be easy for most people. However, we have been fortunate enough to have supportive families to help us transition, a strong faith in one-another, and a lot of luck.
Once the decision was finally made, I was astounded by how quickly some of our biggest concerns were answered: my husband secured a job with his former employer in no time flat. I connected with my previous employer as well, and was extremely fortunate to secure a position working remotely. And finally, during a Skype call with one of his closest friends, my husband learned about a beautiful condo in our price range, in the right location, and directly adjacent to our friends. A month later, escrow closed and the keys were ours.
Two jobs. A house purchased sight unseen. A leap of faith. Boom, boom, boom!
Although all this sounds like a fairytale, I know there will be ups and downs here just like anywhere else. I thought I'd start this blog in the hopes of documenting my experience adjusting to life here in Norway, so that I can look back on this time and remember what it was like. If my observations are useful or entertaining to anyone else in some way, all the better.