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About a thousand years ago, my family and I emmigrated from Italy to Canada. It was permanent for my parents at the time. I would have thought for me too. We only had the clothes on our backs


Then 4 years ago I moved from Canada to China. It was more difficult for me as I wasn't a toddler any more and far more responsible. It wasn't traumatic, but it was eventful. I brought most of my clothes, books and a few personal items


Earlier this year I departed my new second city of Changchun with Joanna and travelled to Qingdao. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster. I was excited to begin and break in a new city, however I was saddened to leave the huge number of friends I made there. (I won't miss the : (  idiots). We needed a moving company


Today, we are moving again to a new place, from the shoebox we have to a spacious 200 sq metre 2 floor home. And its just up the street in a great part of the city. The logistics are proving to be a tad cumbersome. I must have people staged in places to make this work!


Move 1: 17,000 km - easy

Move 2: 12,000 km - harder

Move 3: 1,000km - emotionally draining

Move 4: 200 metres - stressful


The closer I go, the harder it is! Next move is to the moon, I'll only need a laptop and food/oxygen supply!



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Comment by Sal on October 25, 2011 at 17:33
Don't worry about Boony, she already knows good restaurants, business people, things to do, etc
Comment by Richard Roman on October 25, 2011 at 16:52
Sal - you and boony should get together and set up a Qingdao group - tips on good restaurants, where to stay, what to do etc
Comment by Sal on October 25, 2011 at 16:35
I'm on Coffe and Tea Art Street just off Honk Kong Middle Road, Mingjiang 2 Lu. Really cool
Comment by Vinz on October 25, 2011 at 14:58

What side of the city are you in?

Shi laoren? by the pier? in the middle in Xiang gang Zhong lu ?

Comment by Sal on October 25, 2011 at 14:32

Thanks Vinz, or do you mean keep moving away?

Have you always noticed with any move there are certain assurances:

1) you will lose some thing you need

2) you will break some thing you love

3) you will find something you thought you lost

4) your partner has secreat too

I love the new place, 200 sq metres, 2 floors with a full bathroom on each, a private office and 2 spare but small bedrooms

Comment by Vinz on October 25, 2011 at 8:23
As long as you keep moving!
Comment by Richard Roman on October 24, 2011 at 18:17

hey sal - how did the move go?


Comment by David Emmerson Nicholson on October 23, 2011 at 16:13
Good luck to you Sal! Hope moving goes smoothly!

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