I'm sitting outside of our little studio apartment typing away, waiting, while the movers from Crown Relocations pack our life into a time capsule and lock them away for the next 2 months. As you would have known by now, we are in the final stages of our big move to Hong Kong. Our time in Miami has not been enough, even though it has been 9 months and 10 days since we arrived. Everything was new - adjusting to the imperial scale on everything we know, driving on the other side of the road, sales tax, local coffee and the colloquial. It has been a ride.
And then the relationships we've made. That will last a lifetime in both memory and reality.
As the stretching sound of packing tape (actually, it sounds like an iguana throwing up... you heard it here first), we decide to watch Netflix. The worst series ever that is DC's Legend of Tomorrow, but you know, we got time.
Miami has been nothing but kind to us. Except a few miscalculated accidents - losing cash and stolen credit spend from a lost wallet, ripped off by a certain optical chain and spending a fortune on our first cab ride, we've so many good memories and friends made through our short time here.
So the movers were really fast. In under 3 hours, our entire apartment was packed up and rolling into the the containers before we knew it. We hired Crown International to do the job and it was the best decision ever. Painless. We didn't even need to lift a finger to pack... well, mostly. We had to put away things to throw away, what to bring with us on the flight and what goes into the container. A decision that is more delicate than we thought. Shipping takes two months, meaning, we will only see our furniture and effects possibly early January. We'll have to be creative with our living arrangements for the next 60 days. Cardboard beds, paper cutlery and disposable days ahead.
The final hours of our time in Miami involved one more run to Walmart, just because. And a final Cuban dinner, this time with our neighbours and some of our favourite apartment staff who have become our friends. Such a fun night to end our journey here.
We'll miss Miami for sure. But more importantly we will miss the sweet spirit and energy of the people here. But, like I said to our besties the night after the going away party, no goodbye is forever. See you later Miami.
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