Busy, Busy, Busy

Having moved from one place to another on numerous occasions, I can tell you without a doubt moving to another country is an entire new ballgame.  Moving across the country isn’t anything like moving to another continent.  The costs are simply exorbitant.

Our last full day in the U.S. has been a busy one.  Packing away what we’re not taking, cleaning the house, pick up currency, moving the hummingbird feeder next door, scanning documents, shredding documents, moving furniture around for the carpet cleaning, cleaning the other floors, the list goes on and on…  and has been for a couple of days now…

Packing is a challenge.  I got my stuff in two suitcases and a carry-on except for a couple pairs of shoes, but Raeski being a beautiful and fashionable woman, has discovered some things may have to be left behind.  Thankfully she is being a great sport about it.

However, there is no doubt we will be paying for extra bags even after using the space saver bags.  The $75.00 extra bag fee is cheap compared to replacing all the clothes we can fit into an extra suitcase.  Some day when you’re bored, try testing yourself and see how much stuff you would want to have with you for a year’s stay.  Then you will understand Raeski’s dilemma.

We’re down to 16 hours before our flight leaves and it’s time to pack the laptop.  The next post will be from Valpo in Chile.  Hasta luego.

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Chile Update

This is just a quick post to keep our readers up-to-date on our move to Chile.  We leave this Saturday and have been quite busy the last few days.  We had a nice send-off party with over 50 people attending.  We drank down the wine cellar and liquor cabinet and sent people off with gifts.  Everyone had a great time even if a few tears were shed.

One of the many considerations we make when deciding what to take with us are weight, when have we last used it, and can it be replaced in Chile less expensively than shipping it.  Sorting through photos is a difficult task because of the sentiment attached to so many of the pictures.

Wooly had a wistful moment when he went into the back yard to tend the garden.  Gardening is something Wooly enjoys when not shooting pictures and it is hard for him to accept the garden won’t receive the same love he has given it while we are gone.  Wooly has decided our new place in Valparaiso should have a balcony so he can have some flowers and plants to care for.

Today was spent clothes packing into those bags you can vacuum the air out of.  They really do save space although they do slowly leak.  It won’t matter because once they are in a suitcase they won’t be able to expand much after the case is closed.

Clothes were another thing that got sorted.  All of Wooly’s favorite t-shirts were tossed.  Raeski is quite happy with this development.  Clothes that don’t fit were either sold to second hand stores or donated to charity.  Being the woman she is, Raeski is having a shoe dilemma.

Wooly happily bid farewell to a car he never really liked (long story) and one of Raeski’s many great friends volunteered a spot in her garage for Miss Mini.  Thanks Susie.

Almost every day something new comes up that we have to handle NOW!  Hopefully we will get all the critical things taken care of.  If not you just may hear about it.  Adios for now, Wooly.

It’s Impossible!

It’s next to impossible and the challenges are close to insurmountable.  That’s the impression websites give as they try to sell their services.  People say the same thing in blogs.  To land an English teaching job in Chile, you are told the best way is to enter the country on a tourist visa, get a job, and then obtain a work visa.  For an exorbitant fee some companies will place you in a teaching position.  I was ready and willing to go the route of entering Chile as a tourist and then getting a job but Raeski is a bit more cautious and liked the idea of having jobs before we arrived so we gave one of those placement companies a try.

Of all the temperate places in Chile, Santiago is our last choice.  Our preference is to live where the air is clear and people are more social.  With 12 million people, Santiago doesn’t pass the air quality test.  So of course this is where we were offered jobs at different universities.  We accepted the jobs simply because they got us into the country on work visas.  We would fulfill the contract, learn how things really work, and next year move to a different city.  All was well in Wooly and Raeski land until my job offer was rescinded.  Since Santiago wasn’t our optimal destination we decided not to take Raeski’s offer.

Because we don’t allow failure to stand in the way of success, we decided to take the impossible route of sending out resumes and hoping for call backs.  And it worked!  Both of us have been hired as English teachers at the Chilean Naval Academy in Valparaiso, Chile.  Not only did we get jobs in a much smaller and cleaner coastal city, the jobs are in the same building.

Sometimes saying no to the impossible works!

New Name Wanted

Denial doesn’t slow it or stop it.  Facts remain unaffected by opinion and political rhetoric.  By 2030 the namesake glaciers the park is named after will have all melted.  When I look at the pictures I took on our travels last summer I am saddened with the knowledge that soon all that may be left are images like these of Glacier National Park.

After working two decades in science and research fields, Wooly finds the practice of construing opinion as scientific fact misrepresentation at best and using statistical outliers to promulgate bogus science that promotes a hidden agenda an even more abhorrent practice.

Enjoy these pictures and please consider we have the privilege of experiencing the real thing, something future generations may be denied.  Which plants and animals will survive after the glaciers melt?

I will leave you today with these final thoughts.  Allowing the most serious issue humanity has ever faced to become a political football is wrong.  Doing the right thing for future generations will require honesty and sacrifice by virtually every human being on the planet.  What legacy will you leave to your grandchildren and great grandchildren?

And remember, nature bats last.

Endangered glaciers
Endangered glaciers
Shrinking glaciers
Shrinking glaciers
Something smells good here.
Something smells good here.
Breaking rules
Breaking rules
Staying close to mom.
Staying close to mom.
Keeping it cool on the ice.
Keeping it cool on the ice.