My speculation as to why this time of transition feels difficult is that so many things are temporary. From living in a partially packed and dismantled apartment in Vevey for the final 2.5 weeks before the movers came (including four nights “camped out” on the couch)…to 12 nights in a hotel before leaving Switzerland…to my current temporary furnished apartment in St. Louis where I will be living for nearly six weeks. And of course, I was in a rental car for the first two weeks in the US. (Thankfully, I got to turn that in yesterday when I picked up my new car!)
Even though I’m anxious to move into my own place soon, I am grateful to be in an apartment with room for the guests I’m going to have this month. The first wave arrives on Friday. A few people have asked about where I’m living, so I thought I would post a few photos to give you a bit of a tour…
[Walk in closet – before my two suitcases were unpacked and hung up. After living out of wardrobes in Switzerland, I’m SUPER excited to be back in the land of walk-in closets!]
[Living & Dining Room]
[Kitchen – complete with “Welcome” basket from the International HR team]
[Full size washer & dryer that finishes loads in record time!! AND it beeps when it’s done. In Vevey, the loads went on and on for what seemed like forever, and the machine didn’t beep when it was done (and I always forgot to check, which meant laundry took even longer).]
[Guest bedroom. Four people are coming in the next few weeks, but I could probably squeeze you in, if you really want to visit.]
In an attempt to make the temporary place feel like home, I put all of the farewell cards on display that my friends gave me before I left Switzerland. Some of them gave me some fun, little gifts, which are on display, too. And yes, the calendar is hung on the wall, so I don’t miss any birthdays!
Some of my friends brought flowers to Chick-Fil-A my first night back (which are still going strong two weeks later!!), and two of the little ones drew pictures for me (that’s an American flag on the left, in case you couldn’t tell)!
Just giving you a visual of what “home” looks like right now. As long as my sea shipment stays on track, I’ll be moving into my new apartment May 5-6!