Destination: Known

Photo courtesy of Dear Edward, under a Creative Commons License.

Ah! At last, an answer to the most-asked question to all emigrants ever: where will you go?

Since our NOA2 date, we’ve been busily exchanging e-mail with the National Visa Center, hoping to get the green card sorted asap. However, we had no idea where we’d end up yet, which made the whole ‘we will be moving-plan’  feel very shaky and somewhat unreal.

Until yesterday.

Beloved had signed up for three grad school programs. In order of his preference, those are located on the West Coast, on the East Coast and one in-the-middle-but-really-in-the-West.

Yesterday we heard that he has been admitted into his preferred program. Which means that – no matter what the other schools say: we’re going to California. California, baby! I mean, wow… It has jobs, it has public transit, it has diversity, culture and an ethic that (as far as I can see, at least) agrees with us. Not to mention food, national parks, lively communities for alternative lifestyles and the Best Excuse Ever for all the friends and family we leave behind to come visit us frequently.

Please excuse me while I am very proud of Beloved for being an Officially Recognized Smartypants and Generally Awesome Badass and while I have weird domestic daydreams about Pendleton blankets. Because that’s the one big thing I want when we establish US residency. I want to sleep under Pendleton blankets. Everything else I’ll thrift, dumpster dive (if no bedbugs, of course) or otherwise scrounge up, but a Pendleton blanket shall decorate our bed.


8 Responses to “Destination: Known”

  1. 1 Amanda February 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    OMG this is so exciting. The East Bay! California! San Francisco?
    There really seems to be so much going on there. And the 60s counteculture kind of originated there. And sun! And Mexican food (which I know you guys like) and you will be close to Mexico too (that makes for great road trips). This is great news 🙂 Congratulations to beloved.

    • 2 thesmittenimmigrant February 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Hahaha 😛 Yes, there will be much awesome food. Must try more tamales! I’ll pass the congratulations along.

      Besides, you’re going to California as well, right? Will that be in the second half of 2013? I forget..

  2. 4 Amanda February 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Oh and there is this Mexican girl (in NL) who makes tamales and they taste like Mexico. If you’d like I can give you her info… she does them upon request and at 2.50 EUR per piece it’s a good deal. Fully homemade, authentic…. and you can choose the filling (chicken, cheese, vegetarian, meat…)

  3. 5 Daria February 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    OMG WOOHOOOOOO! SO happy for you guys and SO happy for us visiting-folks 😉 AWESOME!!!

    • 6 thesmittenimmigrant February 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      It’s great, isn’t it? 🙂

      I love that we now get to make actual plans, too. No more waiting with no idea where we’ll end up. And I get to start reading up on rental laws in California..

      I sure hope you’ll be able to come over, some time. Maybe when your husband has a conveniently located conference, or something!

  4. 8 Anne / eireann March 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Hooray for getting the preferred option! Well done to beloved!

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