Anybody moving abroad soon and fancy a hand holding thread?

(88 Posts)
KD0706 Sun 03-Mar-13 18:25:14

DH starts a job in Switzerland on 1st may. So we intend to move over there (currently in uk) around the end of april.

I'm looking forward to it but also v daunted. Anybody else on the move soon?

MistyB Sun 03-Mar-13 21:13:52

Not moving but in Switzerland (Geneva) since 2011. Happy to share experiences / answer questions!

Slugslasher Mon 04-Mar-13 09:30:12

I'm moving to Auckland, NZ beginning of April for a three year secondment (husband's job). We have a rented house lined up and are having our upfront costs met by his employers. We are looking at it as an adventure. We are in our late 50's, empty nesters with no grandchildren. Looking forward to the experience.

Good luck in Switzerland!

BertieBotts Mon 04-Mar-13 09:35:56

Moving to Germany in August, that's the plan anyway!

I'm currently doing a CELTA and attempting to learn German from a CD because there are no beginners' courses here. DP has been there since June and is looking for a place for us to live smile

Guess Mon 04-Mar-13 14:21:38

Yes me!
Great thread idea, we are moving to the USA in a few weeks. Not enough time to post right now but will def be back later!

teddymummy Mon 04-Mar-13 17:33:39

Moving to Kuala Lumpur in August, so have marked my place here!

inuite Mon 04-Mar-13 17:59:42

On my way to Rome at the end of the school year.

Waiting to hear about school places for 1DC and wondering how much Italian i can learn before i go.

Excited but panicked at the same time.

cleofatra Mon 04-Mar-13 18:32:31

Yes please...australia in about 3 weeks.

Vespar7 Tue 05-Mar-13 23:06:26

Liechtenstein tomorrow....

FifromN12 Wed 06-Mar-13 13:38:59

Cape Town around September

JoandMax Wed 06-Mar-13 13:45:10

Dubai one month today! DH has been there since ginning of feb so can't wait to all be together again.

We've found tenants for our house here, DH has today found a house to rent there, we have a school place for reception DS1 and should hear if DS2 has got into the school pre-school soon

I'm getting excited!!!

dana4nyc Thu 07-Mar-13 21:04:08

We are! Moving to Oman at the end of this month! DH has been out there working since early Jan. Excited and nervous at the same time!

casperthefriendlyghost Fri 08-Mar-13 23:21:44

Oh fab timing on this thread - moving to Amman, Jordan in August with DH & 3DC - really excited at the moment, can't wait to tell family, but am sure nerves will hit in some time soon...

dana - do keep us posted on your experiences as I imagine there will be much I can learn from you!

Mutley77 Sat 09-Mar-13 23:51:41

We arrived in Australia a week ago !!

cleofatra - whereabouts are you going?

I am just over 7 months into our move to Cambodia. I can identify with all the emotions you have all said you are feeling.

It's been exciting, terrifying, unsettling and sometimes just plain weird!! When I arrived here I felt as if I had changed planets, not just continents. Now things seem less daunting and I am feeling more settled, although "home" is still the UK.

BertieBotts Sun 10-Mar-13 01:00:30

I've just found a beginner's German course here for £123 which slightly overlaps the end of my CELTA - going to be taking that up smile

It's feeling a bit abstract for me. I'm looking forward to being with DP again and I kind of know I'll be far away but it doesn't feel so far at the moment. It's only 1-2 hours on a plane, etc. I think it's going to be a bit of a shock when I get there, I just hope I can cope confused

Makingmama Sun 10-Mar-13 18:08:47

I've been in Dubai since Dec...tbh I'm struggling a lot with it, but hoping I will start to settle in more soon!

casperthefriendlyghost Tue 12-Mar-13 13:50:45

Makingmama, do you mind expanding - what is it you're struggling with? I'm feeling positive about our move to Jordan but still very early days and haven't yet told family. Told my sister at the weekend as she is getting married in Nov & highly unlikely that we will be back for it. Didn't go down too well & I felt horrendous.

KD0706 Tue 12-Mar-13 16:05:40

Hi everybody. Just marking place, will be back soon with my chat. Have children crawling on me at mo but worried I won't find thread again if I don't mark.

KD0706 Tue 12-Mar-13 23:13:31

Hello. Great to see so many people. Hopefully we can do a bit of mutual hand holding.

misty it's Basel we are moving to. I may well be in touch with general Swiss questions.

Our exciting news is that we went over on a house hunt end of last week and have found and secured a city centre apartment. It's nice knowing where we will be living. But also quite surreal.

My husband is going to be on a local contract, it's not an assignment he's going on. So the move could be forever. Though I'm trying not to think of it that way.

Clueless2727 Wed 13-Mar-13 11:28:03

Can i join this thread. After months of waiting, seems hubbie's transfer to singapore has finally been approved (well verbally still nothing in writing). Excited, scared at the same time. Probably going june ish time. Already done school applications, but so much will need to do (once get 100% written confirmation) first thing will be to tell dc and parents. Not good kids will be sad to leave grandparents but excited About school and living somewhere with pool Then rent house, pack up,wind up my business, so many things.

Makingmama Wed 13-Mar-13 16:20:08

casper my main problem actually probably has more to do with the fact we're living with my parents 'temporarily' - 3 months so far...hopefully only another month max <<<prays>>> The dc ages 5,3 and 2 settled in straight away, also dh is faring better than me. I still can't drive here etc so feel I'm beig held back a lot. If I had a car I would just be off exploring, throwing myslef into as much as possible. There is so much on offer in Dubai. But the hardest thing for me has been the huge culture shock and everything being SO different here...I miss my lovely friends so much, feel very lonely here atm.

Barbie1 Wed 13-Mar-13 16:33:46

envy at the ladies moving to Dubai, it was my home for fours years up until we left last may. I still miss it so very much sad if you have any questions feel free to ask.

I'm in France now, we relocate to Korea in June as long as world war three hasn't broken out hmm

Barbie1 Wed 13-Mar-13 16:35:56

Making mamma, you will soon get over the culture shock.

In fact there is hardly any culture there at all grin

The weather was the toughest part for me, but I soon grew to love it.

Where are you staying? Maybe a trip to waitrose will make you feel more at home wink

Makingmama Wed 13-Mar-13 16:59:27

Thanks barbie smile I'm loving the weather so far, but not looking forward to the hot hot summer! Staying on the Palm in a villa so think that's a bit of a problem too with not driving as it's just a bit 'out of it'. Trying to get to grips with the different areas, and whether we want villa/apartment living...so when we start properly looking in the next couple of weeks for our own home I'll know which areas to focus on. Any advice will be gratefully received! The schools and nursery are all in Safa - so that area seems the most sensible...but then evey time I go to the Marina I change my mind!! grin.

Have been shopping to Waitrose which is great...and we went to Ikea a couple of days ago...was brilliant, felt right at home ! grin

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