Monday, April 5, 2010

Feeling displaced

I guess that's probably bound to happen when you move to a foreign country, but it still kinda sucks.  Our little hotel room is decent, full kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, but it's not home by any stretch of the imagination.  It definitely feels temporary, because it is, but it makes it hard to feel at home in this country.

Our biggest obstacle right now is not having a car.  It's hard to be stuck in a hotel room all day, and not be able to get out and explore.  We borrowed our friend's car over the weekend since they were out of town and it feels weird asking people you hardly know for rides everywhere or to borrow their cars.  We're praying we find a car soon.

There is a volleyball team here that I would give just about anything to be a part of.  But 1. I'm probably not good enough to play on it.  I haven't played v-ball in years.  And 2. I have no clue who I'd get to watch Abbie while they practice/ play.  So that makes me feel kinda secluded too.  They also have squadron coffee's, which are a time for the wives to get together and hang out, but kids aren't invited to those either...  So when Mark's gone, I'm really not sure if I'll be able to go to those, or even if he's home since he'll be so busy.

Speaking of Mark being gone, he's going to be gone a lot, which freaks me out.  He'll be gone for two 3-week trips and one 5-6 week trip this year and there's talk of them changing the deployments from 4 months to 6 months.  That kinda really scares me.  Some days I'm not sure I can handle Abbie by myself for 8 hrs at a time, let alone 4-6 months!  Plus they have gypsies here.  Our sponsor had one come into their house at night while they were asleep and steal money, which terrifies me.  I don't even know what I'll do if that happens when Mark is gone.  Apparently these people are not violent and are non-confrontational, but still.  The thought of someone coming in while I'm asleep, and alone just isn't my idea of fun.  Maybe there's a reason Ollie barks at EVERY little noise he hears.  That might come in handy in the future.  And I'm ready to go buy a Rottweiler has a 2nd line of defense.

Anyway, we're off to bed now.  Sadie is still sick.  I'm taking her to the vet on Weds.  That's the soonest we could get in.  We're looking at a car on base tomorrow and Laura, our sponsor, is taking us to look at cars off base again and we're picking up the lease to our house.  I'll try to take more pictures, but both of my SD cards are almost full and the new (big) one won't be here for a while yet.  Hope you all had a Happy Easter.

3 comments:

trooppetrie said...

i met my best friend when we lived in Germany. she lived next door and came over and knocked on the door and said want to go to the store with me. i was thrilled she was willing to take me to the store. i hated not having a car

trooppetrie said...

i met my best friend when we lived in Germany. she lived next door and came over and knocked on the door and said want to go to the store with me. i was thrilled she was willing to take me to the store. i hated not having a car

J.A.Scherff said...

Hang in there! We are feeling a bit the same way, and we only moved across the Country. ;) I sympathise with being freaked out about Mark being gone a lot; they said Jared will be gone around 200 days/year + their deployment rotations... sigh! I think it's all way more daunting without a good friend close by.