Thursday, March 02, 2006

Yesterday, Ellie and Jennifer looked at houses with the company housing guy, Les. The company has decided that all employees must live in company housing, and they rent/own numerous homes in compounds around the city. (Compounds are like mini gated communities back in the States.) We saw Castle Compound and Palm Plaza. Both are very closely ringed by their respective walls, giving a bit of a prison feel when one is in the house. The house in Palm Plaza was really nice and new, but the compound facilities were lacking and it will be quite a commute to get to clubs (and work, for that matter). The house in Castle Compound wasn't bad but was much older and is in the middle of massive construction effort for the Asian Games. Neither was what we hoped for. The company has many homes in wonderful compounds (some with such fabulous facilities--indoor and outdoor pools, kiddie play areas, sauna, steam room, gym...--that no club would be necessary). Unfortunately, we are at the tail-end of a HUGE influx of people for the company, and housing was first-come, first-served. What we see now is what everyone else has rejected. Alas. Les told us that he might have some different places available next week. Please keep your fingers crossed! This transition has not been a very smooth one, so we'd really love to have a good home here.


meghan said...

Sorry to hear things aren't going very smoothly yet. I'm sure things will pick up. Remember the culture shock can be much harder than one expects-- and I don't just mean the shock of dealing with locals! Making a move like this is really tough and it sounds like you and Ellie are troopers!

Mimi said...

I think you are doing an amazing job of making the very difficult transition to a new culture and a new life. Your precious Ellie is setting the standard for all of open and happy to all new experiences, even when they are a bit painful (teething). I will hope and pray you will find a suitable house, and can begin to settle in to your new life. I am also hoping that the job is satisfactory if not better for Markus, as this is the reason you are there in the first place. As always, you are in my thoughts and my heart and my prayers nearly constantly. I love you all SO much. XXXOOO.