We made it!
We've been here about a week... an exciting, overwhelming, wee bit stressful week.
But so far so good!
Here are a few first impressions:
Our facilities are amazing.
I can't even begin to describe just how large and comprehensive is the list of facilities available.
Faculty and staff have been super helpful and welcoming.
Lots of new things to learn, including the curriculum, so there will be a rather long adjustment period, but I'm excited to get some time in my room (only 4 days!) to prepare for the kids.
We have a really great apartment.
Honestly, our entire apartment in Kuwait would fit inside the living space and kitchen area here.
We have three washrooms (!) and two bedrooms with an amazing view.
Even on the 36th floor, though, we can still somehow hear roosters crowing!
There's no other way to say it.
And it's completely unpredictable... so it's something to get used to.
It literally took us an hour and ten minutes to drive two kilometers in a taxi the other night!
The next night it took us a half hour to actually get a taxi...
After reading this article by one of my favourite travel writers, I thought I'd know exactly how to handle it when the driver says, "You pay fifty pesos on top of meter because traffic."
But I backed down because I was too tired and just so happy to finally be in a taxi!
It happens a lot.
(Happily, a little less than I had expected, though!)
That's all for now.
We'll be out shopping for the afternoon trying to build up our apartment.
Jeff's thrilled with the mall culture here....