We have been running around like crazy trying to get everything in order. Lucky for us, Vilay’s company handles all the paperwork for the permits. After we move I will write a nice post about how we researched all the financial angles of living in Switzerland.
Basically, we didn’t have a choice but to live in Switzerland due to not having a car and the fact that if we rented in France it would have been too expensive. In France, we would have had to put up two months of rent for deposit and buy a new fridge and stove. So, if we had not been able to live in Switzerland…Vilay would have not been able to take the job.
After visiting the village that will be home for the next year or so I am happy that it all worked out. We will have our life back after an entire year of shuffling from one big mess to another. I am tired of moving around and want to settle somewhere quiet.
It is so very quiet where we will be living.
I am not sure what pictures I will put up except for cows and horses. However, we will take the train to get groceries in the larger cities nearby or in France and will take all my photos at these times.
I am planning on writing a children’s book during this time of solitude. I always wanted to write children’s books and now I have no excuse. I am going to finda job within a few months or teaching English on the side while working on the book.
I feel like the black clouds have blown away and now we can get on with all our dreams and life.
For the next few days we are deciding on whether to buy the girls beds or just buy mattresses to lay on the floor. We want to be careful to have enough money in the bank to cover any surprises. I think we have researched all the expenses but I am still a little afraid since neither of us have lived in Switzerland before.
Our landlord told Vilay he doesn’t need a deposit. He has confidence in us. I couldn’t believe it! No deposit! So, this is where the money for the beds will most likely come from. The girls have a very nice Swissman to thank for comfortable beds if we decide to go ahead and buy them. We threw their old bed out when we left our apartment in Strasbourg. It was too broken down to keep. However, all this buying is making Vilay and I nervous. We have spent so much money on house supplies that we are starting to get worried. We aren’t used to spending so much money at once.
On the downside…I will have to share a washing machine with the rest of the building. We have certain days and times that are assigned to each apartment for the use of the machine.
On the upside…I do have a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator!!!
The biggest adventure of all is that Vilay and I are both expats at the same time. We are discovering another country together. It’s fun.