Living abroad is a strange experience.
I may be having a very particular kind of expat experience because of my location, but I imagine that for any expat, anywhere, living away from home, where things are familiar and easily understood, some of the most mundane things can become quite entertaining.
So, when I heard lots of beeping and backing up and shouting a couple of weeks ago, I rushed over to the window to see what was happening. Turns out, the folks across the street was getting their shipment delivered.
I was not in the country when our shipment was delivered; R was here and he managed to both wrangle the workers and make sure things were in place.
Lots of people have asked me how my stuff was moved here from Houston. Here’s a short version of what happened, ommitting the details associated with immigration and the weeks long process of mentally telling yourself that yes, it’s ok to ship many of your belongings to a VERY foreign country.
- Go insane and decide to move to Lagos.
- Assure friends and family that you are in fact NOT insane. Repeat as necessary.
- Go through your things and decide on the things that won’t go to the new country. For me, I left antique furniture, childhood memorabilia, and my most beloved “possessions”, my cats, at home in America, where I felt they were most safe.
- Schedule a time for professional movers and packers to come pack up your belongings.
- Watch as they pack up your extensive collection of cast iron and wooden letter stamps faster than you bought them at the store.
- Wrangle cats to ensure none of the actually end up in a box or escape the apartment.
- Waive bye to your stuff and sleep on an air mattress after ordering Thai delivery because now all your sh*t is gone.
- Wait 3-6 months.
- Greet Nigerian Santa Claus when he arrives with your shipment.
As I previously mentioned, I was not here when the shipment arrived, but I was here to record this video when the folks across the street received their shipment. It was quite entertaining to watch. This video shows the guys loading the container back onto the flat bed truck after it has been emptied.
Enjoy the video!
Oh, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has subscribed to the blog or if you have read it once or every day. Thank you so much.
A special thank you to my mom, who reads this blog EVERY SINGLE DAY. MOM: Your encouragement and knowing that you read my blog has renewed my love for writing and given me new found confidence in my abilities to tell a story. ❤
Here’s the video: