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One advantage of working overseas is that there are big, burly men who'll pack up our stuff. Yeah, it is a headache to deal with the administration department and HQ and the relocation company. But I don't have to do the actual packing myself. And that is a saving grace.

Only problem is that the moving company that pretty much has a monopoly on moving people in and out of Africa does not have a good reputation here. (If you ever fly Air France, their ads are shown in-flight - that's how big they are.) The most egregious error they made was sending the shipment of one of the Peace Corps staff to Switzerland instead of Swaziland, where it languished for several months. Most recently, with my colleague's move to Burundi, the company over-estimated the total amount of stuff in order to charge higher fees.

I'd rather just not deal with that kind of nonesense. There's another company which is more expensive but everyone speaks highly of. They currently have the US Embassy contract for moving State Dept. and Peace Corps staff. (One result of the Switzerland/Swaziland fiasco.) But I'm afraid HQ will go for the least costly route once again. Then my stuff will end up in Little Mogadishu after all.
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On August 24th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Sounds risky. Good luck with that one!
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On August 24th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks - until I'm actually unpacking our sofas in Little Rock, I'm not holding my breath.
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On August 24th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Heh, the last time Erich and I moved, we knew we were getting old because instead of offering beer and pizza to our friends to help with the move, we just hired movers. And then we thought about it and paid them to pack our stuff, too.

It was so seriously awesome.

Good luck getting your stuff to you rather than, er, "Little Rock, UAE." I can see it now. "WHAT? USA, UAE, it's all the same!"
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On August 25th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Or confusing AR (Arkansas) with AK (Alaska)!
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