You guessed it (well, many of you did.)
We're moving to...
Come this summer (no fixed date yet) we'll be calling Stavanger, Norway home for the next few years and we couldn't be more excited. I'm not sure we could have picked a place more different than Gabon - in fact, I might argue that they are polar opposites on just about everything from weather, to education to government.
Like I mentioned earlier this week, this wasn't the easiest of decisions for us. Funny enough, Norway seemed a bit too 'normal.' Here we are young & childless and it seemed like we should be doing something more exotic. As we began to seriously consider it, I did what anyone would do when weighing a big decision - I made a pro & con list. With careful consideration, I sat down to make the list and I kid you not, everything was written very seriously.
I'll share a bit with you, in no particular order:
-closer to home
-better job for Joe
-stable political situation
-easier for family to visit
-consistent electricity, water & internet
-less holiday time
-little daylight in winter
I set the list aside and returned to it later to share with Joe and I had to giggle to myself. Here we were humming and hawing over a move to Norway when basically the only negative we really care about is the weather. Yet another great example as to how much Gabon has changed us. I'm sure most people would have heard Norway and said 'yes' without a doubt. (Norway, who is #1 on the human development index, and had my expat friends in Gabon swooning.) As far as proposed locations go, Norway is fairly good.
In any case, we're excited about the upcoming change and while it's always difficult starting over somewhere else, especially on a completely different continent, if we can last a couple of years in Gabon, Norway will be a walk in the park.
Pulpit Rock - located 25 km from our future new home.