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Surviving Riyadh

Final Preparation...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Final Preparation...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

My preparation for the journey was final. I placed an ad for a moving sale. I started packing my stuff that would be stored in the storage area. The sale took place. My new appliances and furniture were sold for almost nothing. I gave away my house plants to relatives and friends. With an aching heart, I witnessed the disappearance of the things I had accumulated for years.

Between my responsibilities at work and at home, I didn’t have any time for myself. I stayed late at work finishing everything from training graduate students, doing experiments, to updating my lab books. At home I stayed until dawn to finish up my packing. I started to have a cold. As the days passed by, the house was emptier.
During the final preparation, I was in constant contact with the people at HCA. Finally, all the requirements were fulfilled and sent out. They assured me that I would receive my passport and plane tickets a week before my departure. My situation was taking its tool on my body. I was losing weight and coughing a lot. My family was worried I would get very sick. Against her will, my mother left for Oregon two weeks before my departure. I felt bad but I had to do it. At work, I was treated to farewell parties. Friends and relatives did the same.

Preparation to finish all the paperwork with the real estate agency was accomplished. A storage area was rented and boxes to be stored moved. The house was empty. My birds were adopted by my neighbor. There were occasions when I thought of backing out. Now it was too late to do it. I received all the things I needed for my trip from HCA. Before my departure, I confirmed that everything was okay with the realtor. I was reassured that they would take care of the house.

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