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Comes With Baggage

My possessions arrived today. Until today, I felt I had escaped my previous life, but now, with all these items here, I feel trapped. I feel that my past has found me once again, that I’ve not escaped at all. There’s something to be said for walking out of an undesirable life with just the…

By the time this publishes, I will be on the plane with my parrots somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean (hopefully not in it!), flying to Frankfurt! So while I am preoccupied with doing that, I thought I would write this list to amuse you (and to remind you that I am thinking about all of…

Moving Overseas, Part 13

Here’s how I will know that I and the birds are home at last.

Moving Overseas, Part 12

Today is far more stressful than it deserves to be. I spent a good part of today either bleeding all over my apartment (one of my lories bit me) or on the telephone, talking with the police department, trying to determine if my “good citizen certificate” is ready to pick up. Even though I saw…

Moving Overseas, Part 11

Things are moving really quickly now, and of course, I also had several emergencies I had to take care of, plus I have several other things I must do, such as must notify my DonorsChoose prize winners, and finish rewrites on a Nature piece that are overdue. (I’ve never missed a deadline before, so this…

Moving Overseas, Part 10

In one week and two days, I will be in Germany, beginning my new life as an American expat. Even though I thought I’d be more likely to live in the UK, in Finland, Iceland, or even on one of the South Pacific Islands where my research birds are found, I would be lying if…

Moving Overseas, Part 9

This week has not gone very well, probably because I’ve been ill since Sunday with some sort of illness that makes me vomit a lot. Last week, I thought I had everything figured out, but this week, I’ve been confronted by an increasingly complex tangle of paperwork and problems and with having to make decisions…

Moving Overseas, Part 8

The good news is that things are really falling into place now — something I thought would never ever happen.

Moving Overseas, Part 7

Today was another day spent entirely on the telephone, talking to people and clearing up my misunderstandings (or theirs) about this moving process. If you hate telephones, as I do, then today is one of those days that you avoid for as long as possible. Originally, I was going to reward myself for sticking to…

Moving Overseas, Part 6

Today was a breakthrough because I view everything very differently than I did yesterday or three days ago, and because I made significant progress towards my goal. In fact, I made so much progress today that I even decided upon a tentative target departure week that I am working towards (I’ve even narrowed my departure…