I only have about two and a half weeks left in Cape Town. Everything is organized in the bureaucratic sense, but only thanks to a veritable army of people who arrived at my inbox each with a different task – the US moving company, the SA moving company, the moving insurance company, various real estate agents, various mortgage lenders, the travel agent and the relocation specialist. For a period of a week I was getting new mails each day from a couple of new people. Well, after tons of paperwork, it is all done. All that is left to do is organize the physical move.
Turns out that how the stuff will be moved is sort of like memory storage. There are three levels and the faster the level, the smaller it is. So the first tier is what I take with me on the plane – two bags, each 23kg. Those arrive at the same time I do, so that is fastest (or rather, they are supposed to arrive at the same time I do). Then the next tier is air freight via the moving company – they let you fill one D container, which is a couple of cardboard boxes (but no weight limit). That will take 3 or 4 weeks to arrive and clear customs. Then, the slowest but biggest tier is surface (ship) freight, which takes 3 or 4 months to arrive, but that is one ISO container, so it is (for me anyway) unlimited space.
So now to decide what goes in what tier. I have been going through all the cupboards cleaning stuff up and throwing old things away. We have also been collecting all of Ilda’s stuff that is going and hoarding it in the flat, which is getting pretty crowded. The movers arrive on the 18th!
The bunnies are now finally sorted. They will leave on the 20th before me, fly to New York, then Atlanta, then SEATAC. They should arrive a couple of hours after I do, so I can collect them from the cargo terminal. The trip for them is costing R5300, which is pretty reasonable, and I can even claim it back from MS later.