The blog has been quiet for some time. We finally heard back from the Consulate in Montreal and got an appointment for July 22nd. We booked our tickets back to Canada. Once back here there were a lot of things to go through, many hurdles to pass, like vaccines to pass the medical in Toronto.
We got through all of that and headed to Montreal. Unfortunately we had to leave with no Green Card.
We were missing a couple of papers. Now we have to send them in (along with hubby and daughter’s passports) and it will take 6-8 weeks before we get them back.
Sigh. The 5th wheel we have ordered will be ready any day now. We had already booked tickets to go to Florida to pick up a truck and trade in our licenses. Since we already have the tickets we are going to try and go down. I asked if there would be a problem, she said it’s okay to go, but it’s up to the border people if they will let you in.
Once in Florida I will have to change my license, get insurance, buy the truck and finally the 5er (which is up in Indiana somewhere). Because I am an American citizen I should be able to do all of this. We can only hope for the best!
Then we will have to drive it back to Canada, send the papers and passports away and wait for our Green Cards. Once we get them the tradeshow season will more or less be over, so we will probably make our way down to Florida.
This whole process has been so long and stressful. I just want it to be over. It’s like fighting a hydra, you chop one head off and another two pops out.
That’s why it has been a little quiet over here, cause we have been crazy busy. Hopefully we will have our RV within a couple of weeks… I can’t wait!
One of the most interesting parts of making a city/country lifestyle change is watching the change in others. While Noëlle seems to be totally engrossed in her new surroundings it is difficult to tell if it is just new or if it is the change from city to country that she is enjoying. Stephanie on the other hand it is plain to see very much enjoys the country style of living (interesting for the computer/camera woman that I know).
Is it the different pace? Being close to nature? Or just the people? I’m not sure, but when was the last time you went for a walk in the big city and every car that passed you the occupants waved at you? I asked Stephanie if she knew all these people, she said no. Much different, reminds me of when we took a trip to Nova Scotia where the locals just seemed so friendly. Are rural people much more friendly or are city folk much more unfriendly? I wonder.
Anyway, here are some pics of Noëlle playing with some early spring flowers.
Offering Daddy a flower =)
Posing atop an old concrete slab/table.
One of Mommy’s artsy shots of the early spring flowers and another early spring flower admirer.
Today we arrived in Sweden. Our flights connected through Iceland which made for a nice 4.5 hour and 2.5 hour flight time split. Noëlle slept a fair bit and was very agreeable on both flights (including making many new friends, especially the couples behind us on each flight). Once we arrived at Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport Mormor (Noëlle’s mother’s mother for those not up on the Swedish lingo) picked us up and we to the house in Löa (approx 2.5 hours). Noëlle slept most of the drive as did Daddy =).
As I sit here writing this post up Noëlle has all of the mixing bowls out on the kitchen floor with Mom and Mormor “helping”, very cute.
So this is where it all really begins for our journey. For thos of you that don’t know, we are here awaiting our green cards (figure to be about 3 months), then the real journey begins. Until then we invite you to spend some time with us in Sweden and parts of Europe. Pictures to come soon!
We finally heard back from the US immigration, and our applications will not be rushed. This means there will be a few more month before we can buy our RV, but it also means we will get to go to Sweden while we wait
For me I think it will be great to re-fuel a bit of my home country and for Greg it will be a great opportunity to see a little bit more of Sweden, other than as a tourist.
So the news weren’t the news we were hoping for, but at least now we are not in the dark anymore. As soon as the house sells we’re off to Sweden. I can’t believe it hasn’t sold yet, but then again, it’s not the best time of year to be selling a house.
Alright, so I told you about the Green Card and how we applied to get it expedited. Well, they told us we should hear from them within 5 days, but in certain cases as long as 30 days. I called once, they told me not to call again so I patiently waited. 30 days passed. I called. They resubmitted a ticket on Monday asking why we hadn’t heard from the first one. Again, should take 5 days, but I’m not holding my breath.
It sure would be nice to know whether we can get in to the states by Christmas, or not. I personally doubt it, but at least we could make other plans then.
Lets hope we hear from them by the end of this week, or early next week.