Feb 082014

The funeral for my late Aunt Joyce will be held later today.  Night before last, there was a dinner for most of the close relatives and friends, and the Visitation (what in Ireland would be called the Removal) was last night.  It was very nice to see, or meet in some cases, so many people who knew and loved Joyce.  She was my only Aunt, but as I said at one point, “quality over quantity”.

2013-02-14 Joyce (at home)


2013-02-14 Joyce and Peter


 Posted by on 08 Feb 2014
Aug 092013

I started this on the day after we landed…  was interrupted less than a paragraph into it, haven´t gotten back to this blog since.  It’s been a week (!), but here it is, with a bit of an update.

We landed at Incheon Int’l Airport at around 14:00 yesterday. It was a pretty good flight. KAL gives enough legroom, which was a nice surprise, and we all got a decent bit of sleep. Ruth & some of the Embassy team met us at the gate, and we headed into

Well, we headed into Seoul, directly to the residence.  It was all kind of surreal, as things often are at that point, but the house was great — nothing the way we (or at least I) had pictured it.  Didn’t feel like “our” house, though, as we then turned around and went to the Somerset Palace Hotel, We stayed there from that night (Thursday the 8th) until Friday of the next week, when we moved into the residence.

The Somerset was a nice place — serviced apartments, 1 block from A’s office, close to the government district, to the Palace, to the financial district.  I’m not really sure where the time went from then until we moved in —  getting F ready for school, actually going to the school, some dealing with Sophie The Cat and her epic journey here, maybe a bit of shopping.

But the time did go, and quickly.  We moved into the residence yesterday (air shipment arrived & the painting was done 2 days ago) and did a Big Shop after leaving the Somerset & actually moving here.

Does it feel like home already, or is that just relief at not having to packup yet again?

 Posted by on 09 Aug 2013
Jul 312013

Drafted a couple of days ago, but I got too busy to finish it…

We’re out of the house: all the stuff to gat rid of is gone, including a couple of furniture sales at the last minute; the last of uncountable trips to the Bruxelles Proprété’s containerparc has been made; the movers have taken everything away; we’ve done the etats des lieux with the landlady; the utilities are in her name… A few more little, last minute, jobs remaining, but this end of the move is almost done.

After the movers took all the beds on Wednesday, we stayed in a friend’s flat (not just friends… Andreas & Cristina, our first & closest friends here, very dear), while they drove to Spain & back to pick up their daughter. Now, last night, they’re back, and we moved into a hotel. Despite all the moving work done, the effects gone out the door into big trucks, only now do I feel as if we’re actually travelling (even though we’ve not left town)… the rest was just getting ready.

 Posted by on 31 Jul 2013