We arrived in Seattle yesterday. We’re going to be here for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to keep a half-assed journal of my thoughts about the move for myself, and for anyone who’s interested to read.
We landed late on Thursday night; our travel time wasn’t particularly long, but from the time we left the house in Dublin to the time we got in the door in Seattle, it was 22 hours – by no means an arduous duration, but we arrived cranky and tired. We checked into our temporary accommodation with having to talk to an actual person (which was actually pretty great), and then crumpled into bed. We woke up on Friday morning to a day that was dull and grey, which helped to put us at our ease. We found a lovely wee place for breakfast, and then set about getting ourselves sorted.
I have the following advice for anyone looking to move overseas: get a large, faceless multinational organisation to do all of the work for you. We had been able to set up a bank account from home, and we walked straight into the bank, and picked up our ATM cards. We walked into a mobile phone shop, and were able to use our visas in lieu of an outstanding credit history to get bill-pay SIM cards without an outrageous deposit (the other shop we visited wanted a $500 deposit per phone!). We went to pick up our rental car, and didn’t have to do any paperwork.
So far, things have gone really smoothly, aside from a few internet connection issues in our apartment. People have been friendly, and I’m looking forward to starting at work, and most of all, to getting to know a new city.