Beautiful beach near the Stavanger airport
Expat life is often regarded as 'the' way of living especially when you are sponsored by your company. We get to live in different places with our houses & cars paid for and upgrades to help us keep our normal standard of living. On the downside, we're at the mercy of the company especially in the oil & gas industry. We don't necessarily get to choose where we live - we live where there is work and where the industry is thriving and sometimes that isn't in the most desirable places. While moving across the world is a fairly big decision for most people, it isn't for these companies and occasionally they can throw life-altering decisions your way without even batting an eyelash. You try to learn to roll with the punches and my goodness, we've rolled with them more than I'd like to remember but that certainly doesn't make it any easier.
We arrived in Norway just over a week ago and we couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces. This place is gorgeous and the entire transition was so smooth --- too smooth.
We were brought here on the prospect of a rather large contract coming through this fall creating a lot of work for Joe's company. The outlook was fairly positive and the company was spending a lot of money bringing in equipment and staff.
Word came this past weekend that the contract did not go through. The work that was supposed to be coming is not.
Completely out of left field, our lives are thrown into uncertainty. The company has some tough decisions to make and unfortunately, those decisions will have a large impact on our life. It's possible that we'll be told the work is no longer here and we're no longer needed meaning we'll get sent elsewhere. It's also possible that while the work plan may change, we'll stay and continue on setting up life in Norway. At this point in time, everything is unknown.
In this last week, Joe and I have fallen in love with Stavanger. We've found a dream apartment and we've began settling in to life in Scandanavia. Now, everything is on hold and while the company holds meeting after meeting,
all we can do is wait.