Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Moving on

Tomorrow I leave Liberia, this time (more) permanently. I expected this to be a melodramatic time, but it really hasn't been. Am I sad? Not really. Going to miss it? Sure, absolutely. Ready to go? Definitely. An excerpt from my journal last night sums up my mood:
tomorrow's my last full day--
end of an era feelings
are finally setting in.

it's easy to see and cite
all the ways Liberia's changed--
what i hope is just as plain
is all the ways i have, too.

in many respects i've gotten
everything i came for
and so it's time to go--
adventure, service,
discomfort, spiritual straightening-out,
not least of all my partner for life.
but in every respect
i'm only now beginning

and so it's time to start.
Just one sign of the times: my next door neighbor, in July of 2007 (l) and 2010 (r).

Sunday, 4 July 2010

You call that a plan??

Most of you know, some of you don't: Brenda and I are moving to the Seattle area later this summer, as I'm continuing to work with ORR there. As such, I have to immigrate to the U.S. -- quite a process, but I'm thankful to say it's been much smoother so far than I'd feared. Until now.

Photo: The Free MarketeersThere's one last document I need before I can leave: my police clearance from Canada. To process a clearance from overseas (ink prints), the website says it takes four months. I'd hoped, initially, that meant up to four months. Turns out, it means at least four months. Which would mean I'm stuck in Liberia until early October, or two and a half months beyond when I'm supposed to start work in Seattle.

The alternative: electronic fingerprints taken in-person, in Canada: three business days.

Am I really considering flying for 60 hours to be on the ground in Toronto for just a week? Yes. Am I made of money? No. (If you're reading this and you are, please get in touch. :)

Nothing's for sure yet, so please hope and pray with us that some simpler, cheaper way presents itself. I'm going to price out a ticket this week, but I'm expecting $1600-2000. How much is it worth to me to get on with the next chapter and not be separated from my wife for two months? At least that...