We have managed to get ourselves and a mountain of luggage out to the middle of the South Pacific. Noah was a well behaved gentleman for all the flights and the pressure change didn't phase him at all. Now all we have to do is teach him a whole new sleep schedule! We currently have a hotel room booked for two weeks to give us time to find a place to live. Today's task is to obtain a PO Box and rest up. Everyone here is very friendly and helpful, it's nice to get greetings from everyone you pass. More updates and pictures to come soon, here is the view from our hotel room.....
Last day of work at the old job! Just three short weeks to get our ducks in a row and relax a bit. I can't wait to have my own pictures of AS, but for now here are a few from others so my co-workers know how much I will be suffering......
Our "move" is around the corner, but the process has begun long ago. We will be arriving in AS on May 30th, 2014, but our belongings began the journey mid-April and wont arrive until mid-June! There are a wide variety of shipping companies that can get your things to AS and quotes will vary greatly in price. However, from my experience, with the exception of the high-end services, they all end up costing the same.
My suggestion to those shipping to AS is go with the price range most commonly quoted, even though this may be several thousand dollars more than the cheapest. We went with a cheaper quote which didn't include services like packing or delivery to our destination housing and in the end we were charged that same cost as companies which provided more services. Unfortunately the extra charges didn't occur until we were at the point of no return. I would be happy to share the names of companies I received quotes from as well as the one who screwed me over to anyone interested, just leave an e-mail in the comments.
One last suggestion for those moving, bring your car. Several sources have told me the cost of cars on the island is well above blue book value and the selection is very limited (of course its an island!) We have chosen to take one of our cars in order to have a safe reliable car while we are there and then we can sell for more that its worth on the mainland before we leave.
The Jaskowiak Family
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