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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 1:17am

Not sure you guys remember me I used to post last May-June, my name is Cynthia, I live in India with my indian husband and our 2.5 yo daughter, I


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Thu, 02-02-2012 - 3:08am
Welcome back. I just moved again in November, so know how you feel! It sounds like you will finally get a chance to catch your breath this February - enjoy it!

- JM

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Thu, 02-02-2012 - 10:11pm

Thanks :) It sure feel like I'm catching my breath again after a long time.

I always knew moving is listed quite up the top of the list of stressful events, but I never fully grasped it even with several move in the past, but that last one was taxing, I think the fact it came as the 3rd move in just a year had something to do with it, and each move was a cross country one involving a lot of planning. I think it took me a solid 2-3 months to start feeling comfy in our new place, even though it is the greatest since we left our beloved tiny rooftop terrace apartment in June end 2010. For weeks I had no energy and just wanted to sit in front of TV the whole day and do nothing :) Plus we moved during the monsoon, and the monsoon in Mumbai is always pretty depressing with looming dark clouds on most day, heavy rain spells which makes everything looks dull, grey and depressing. At least this time around we are living in a nice area, otherwise this city would drive me batty, it did in he far suburb of Navi Mumbai were we stayed 7 months. In fact today exactly a year ago we were in the process of starting packing to move back to Bangalore, the packers and movers came on the 8th and we drove for two days in our car with our daughter and dog to reach on the 10th, still before our furnitures arrived.


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Fri, 02-03-2012 - 2:28am
Yep. We moved for work, too - but it was only across state lines. It does seem sunnier here somehow though. Maybe it's because we're in the countryside instead of the city? I'm definitely a country girl!

It's also nice that this state had tons more official holidays. I can't wait for all the Christian holidays coming up - it's like they never work at all from spring to late summer. Lol.

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Fri, 02-03-2012 - 10:56pm

Oh more holidays is definitely a perk :) Here you have public holidays for all major faith, but DH's company has a whole bunch of them that are declared "optional holidays" and you can only take 2-3 a year of these, it's to avoid having their employees celebrate all the holidays of every faith with a day off and spend too much time not working, the limitiation pretty much limit the employes to picking up one faith's holidays to follow :)

I really wouldn't mind being a country girl in Europe because the city is never too far, connections are good, and there isn't as much as a huge gap in hygiene, mentality and housing standard between city and country side there. In India it's a whole different story, cities and countryside are two worlds appart, and often with mentalities and traditions that are from totally different era, there are still villages with almost no electricity or running water. I would go crazy living in a more rural area, heck I even go crazy after a few days when we go to DH's native place which isn't a big metro but a 1st tier city. Te pace is slow, mentalities a bit backward, and even DH say he could never live there again. We became true big city people :)


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Thu, 02-09-2012 - 1:26pm

Welcome back, Cynthia!

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Thu, 02-09-2012 - 11:50pm

Hi Rhae,
I don't think we've met, good to hear i'm not the only one reaising kids in 3 languages :) I understand that Finnish is a pretty tough one to learn.

I say go ahead and learn German, you could maybe find a fun class for both the kids and you to take together?


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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 12:50pm

Finnish definitely isn't easy to learn!

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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 9:37pm

Oh the kiddie book thing just reminded me of a funny thing with DH one dy he decided to try readign them in French, but he has no clue as which letters are silent, which combination of letter makes wich sound (hilarious pronounciation of diphtongs) and it had me half laugh half wonder what on earth he was reading and DH to ask "How mny stupid letters you don't pronounce in a word exactly"?
I'll leave him that reading and writting French is a nightmare :) I still make frequent spelling mistake when I write myself and need to double check.


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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 1:40am

Your DH sounds just like my DH -- he can't read French worth beans, either.

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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 1:07am

LOL that goes along the line of what DH tells Ishi "Go ask mama to read that one" but DD is pretty opiniated so if she wants DH to read then that is DH and nobody else, so I just told him to just make up a story based on the images in the French books :P


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