Our First Weekend

I wonder how long it will take before I stop waking up at 2:30am.  I’m really trying to power through the days without taking a nap.
Everything is going well, so far.  We went out with our “property agent”, Myriam, on Saturday and saw a bunch of apartments in several neighborhoods.  It’s the universal conundrum of space versus location.  We saw one place that makes all the sense in the world (large, nice finishes, under budget), but we’re not excited about the area.  We saw another that is in a great neighborhood and is beautifully done but is pretty teeny.  We saw a third that is really cool but the neighborhood is a little far out.  The metro will start running there in a couple of months and there are already some really neat restaurants and coffee shops going in, so it looks like it’ll be coming up.  I just don’t know how long that might take.  It’s one thing to be a pioneer, another to be a pioneer in a foreign country.
The 3rd place
The 3rd place
Sunday, we had brunch with Pete’s colleague Silas and his wife Susan.  They just moved here from Shanghai.  Susan and I are going to attend a coffee Thursday morning hosted by the American Women’s Association.  A friend from high school (junior high, actually) is in town for business.  Pete and I hope to meet up with him for dinner Thursday evening.
I went grocery shopping on Sunday….it ain’t the Jewel.  There are numerous markets around that have a lot of recognizable brands, although you pay pretty dearly for them.  The markets are really small.  I also stopped in a drug store and found my brands of eye creme, shampoo & conditioner, lip balm…most of the essentials.
Anyhoo, we’re having fun and think this is all going to work out well.
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