I have always thought of myself as a 'bloom where you are planted' kind of person. I moved a lot growing up and never really had an issue with finding new friends or adjusting to a different environment. Life goes on about the same wherever I have lived. We eat, sleep, go to school, work, and spend time with friends.
As I have mentioned before, we are moving to Germany soon. I like to think that I am pretty prepared for living overseas. We requested this assignment, so obviously we want to live there. I actually spent the majority of my childhood in Europe, so I am really looking forward to it. Living overseas does not scare me one bit. I have every intention of travelling, learning new languages and soaking up the culture.
The difference is, that now I (instead of my parents) need to be responsible for organzing the house, scheduling dates, planning and packing, and finding a place to live. The last one is really stressing me out. I have heard horror stories of people waiting in a hotel for months and not being able to find a place to rent. Living on-base is not even an option for us since the waiting list is so long, but I am especially worried about finding a place to rent that is close enough to the base that J won't have a super long commute and that allows pets. I want a good neighborhood for my daughter and a place where she can start (hopefully German) preschool. I don't know why I am letting it get to me so much since I really can't do anything about it until we are actually there.
The best part about the whole situation is that my sister-in-law (who was a realtor in a previous life) and her family, have just moved to Germany as well. They are stationed at a different base, but are close enough that we will have family to visit for holidays, etc. Closer than we have ever lived to family since we have been married! I have high hopes that she will give me all the information I need to make the transition smoothly, and possibly even scout out some homes for us.
I really have not had an issue with anywhere else we have lived. I have found jobs, finished college, and started a family while following my husband's career. I am really looking forward to this next adventure, and I'm sure I will enjoy every minute, once I find a house!