I’ve been somewhat aloof and incoherent in my blog activity over the course of the last few weeks. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you did not notice anything different, I get it. Nonetheless, I was preoccupied with something of utmost importance, which I am now comfortable to announce to the whole world.
Burlaki on the Thames are relocating back to the American shores.
Yep. We are done with England and Europe for the time being. (Ok, not fully done yet, we still have two more holidays to go on to, and Becky will still participate in the language immersion program in France in late June.) I think I made enough nearly-direct references in recent months to the fact that we reached a point where we knew that staying in England was not something we wanted to make permanent, and the “temporary” life arrangements have started to gradually outweigh our enjoyment of our travel-rich existence. To put it bluntly, we’ve had enough. Not in any bad sense, but rather akin to having enough of the wonderful all-you-can-eat spread in front of you and wishing to turn your attention to different type of comforts.
Working out a return path became a top priority as far back as the fall of last year. But with the worldwide financial turmoil and what-have-you, it took quite a long time to identify the route.
Finally, in the second half of April, I was presented with an opportunity to assume a new role within my organization. I happily accepted, since relocation to the New York Metro area appeared as part of the deal. Formalizing the terms of said relocation required a bit of time, but the key documents have now been signed and it is all official: Come August, I am expected to work out of our New York City offices again.
Which means that we will be flying back home for good during the last week of July. All personal notices (landlord, schools, car leasing company) are ready to go out tomorrow, Natasha is booked for a house-hunting trip at the start of June, the moving company is coming to survey the size of our household goods shipment this week, and things are already starting to get hectic as only a house move can be.
I’ll keep you all posted on the progress.
Start celebrating, will ya!