Well, despite us being in Zambia for another four months (with an extended vacation to the U.S. for me starting Tuesday!), our belongings have begun their journey home. We’ll see if they really get back in 1.5 months, like they just told us this week instead of the normal 3-4 months, which is what we had anticipated (and why we wanted everything packed up now, so it would definitely be back before winter and by the time we got back permanently).
Here comes the container…
There was a big gash on the side, which I was not happy about. They assured me it was welded and sealed and wouldn’t leak. My response, well, I guess we have insurance if anything happens…
The movers here boxed up everything. Everything! Every chair, couch, table, etc. was boxed and taped up. Guess that will prevent damage. The only thing I didn’t like is that they took apart some tables and bookcases before I discovered what they were doing. They said the movers on the other side would put everything back together.
Here’s the container ready to be filled.
Coco’s a little alarmed.
Buddy inspected their work.
Finally, after 4.5 hours of loading, they closed and latched the doors.
Then, the attached the lock seal. I had to verify the number and the fact that it was sealed. This is the security procedure they use to ensure that the client watches the lock being sealed, and then the client watches it (at the delivery site) being unsealed. Pretty cool.
The plan is for this container to be driven to the port at Walvis Bay, Namibia, where it will be loaded onto a ship and cross the Atlantic, to be delivered at the Detroit port – a much more direct routing compared to the way it came (i.e., Detroit/Atlantic/Mediterranean/Arabian Peninsula/Dubai/Dar es Salaam/Lusaka).
Now, just a few more errands before the doggies begin their journey home. Prayers appreciated! I can’t wait to see their wagging tails in Chicago.