Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We made it!

View off our balcony

We arrived in the M.E. last Monday night at around 7:30pm. We were supposed to fly out of Vancouver at 6:30pm on the 30th of June but got delayed several times and ended up staying at a hotel in Vancouver and flying out 12 hours later than originally planned! Thank the Lord we had friends in the city who took care of us while we waited and let us hang out at their house instead of at the airport the entire time.

Judah having fun at the airport
Judah having fun in the airport

Judah did great for the first leg of the flight, 9 hours to London, and didn't start getting fussy until he was forced to stay in the stroller for another hour while we waited in line to get our new boarding passes. When we got on the next flight Judah and I both slept the entire 5 hour flight! We were exhausted!

We got through customs without a hitch and were met by some friends at the other end. It's been a whirlwind week of getting unpacked, keeping the power and water on, cleaning, shopping for the necessities, going out to eat, getting oriented and checking out our neighborhood.

Few pics of the new place
Few pics of our place, I'll put up better ones once we're settled in

Our apartment is nice, with a large living room/sitting area, 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a really nice kitchen that looks like it was recently remodeled and a small balcony. The weather here has been perfect so far with highs in the upper 80's and lows in the 60's. We don't have air conditioning but we do have some pedestal fans that keep the air moving so it's not too bad!

Yemini food

We've been enjoying lots of different shawerma restaurants and have eaten "Mexican" food, Chili's, Fuddruckers, Lebanese food and Yemini food. We've shopped at Carrefour market, which is a French Wal-mart type store and a few other places that have a lot of Western goodies that we might want. You can pretty much get anything you'd want here, but of course at a price. The most surprising thing was $12 for a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes!

Judah enjoying the new place
Judah eating breakfast and watching some Elmo

Judah has been adjusting well and we're all getting used to being on an Arab schedule. Waking up around 10am, eating breakfast, lunch at 3pm, dinner at 8 or 9pm and getting to bed around midnight or later! That will all change next week though when we begin studying language and get on more of a routine.

Scenes around town

Here are a few shots of some cultural things. First is a burkini, Muslim ladies' swimwear. Gotta stay conservative – even on the beach! There are lots of malls here and they're pretty much all multi-level and crowded. Last is from one shopping trip where some girls invited Judah to come sit at the little table and chairs with them. It was pretty cute. They kept saying, "Hey baby!"

Now that we have our internet hooked up in the apartment we'll try to keep the blog updated with some interesting cultural insights. Thanks for remembering us! Excited to begin this new adventure!

1 comment:

Faders said...

Wow, the view from your balcony is fantastic! We're so glad to hear you made it safely and can say the trip is behind you. Now to get settled and onto the right time schedule. Leslie, I'm curious. How do you dress there?
- Bethany