1st Mission Accomplished

The boys took their placement tests and pre-reregistered for classes of the spring quarter. We got the apartment and completed the furnishing, this job was hectic at the beginning, especially that for foreign students everyone required an American co-signer, or an American bank account with a considerable balance. And with the holiday seasons that coincided in Kuwait and the State, this delayed the whole process to three weeks living in a hotel, which was not easy.

We furnished the apartment the hard way. At the beginning I had in mind to rent a car, but I decided later against this idea since after I leave the boys have to manage with public transportation on their own. And my part was to prepare them for that. So we all took parts in managing through Internet, free catalogues, phone calls and bus maps. We only used the yellow cab three times when we had too much stuff to carry.

That was good for us since we did a lot of walking, but it was real fun although exhausting, and we were lucky to receive the mattresses early; we only had to sleep one night on the floor. That also taught them how to do smart shopping, cost effective that is, not cheep. This was necessary so selling would be easy in case they need to move elsewhere in the future.

The boys also got each his laptop with mics and web-cams for easy, cost effective communication as well as to help them with school assignments. Computer setup and wireless (using cable Network) was all done by the boys, and they are very happy to have accomplished that.

We did not have time for touring the area, but we did spend NYE in San Francisco (my treat) and here are some photos:

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To Cal train station

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Time Squire in SF

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Spider web

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. soud13
    Jan 03, 2007 @ 02:59:18

    صور رائعه وتهبل🙂

    أتمنى النجاح للأولاد

    Reply

  2. ummel3yal
    Jan 03, 2007 @ 20:19:55

    Mabrook the new home🙂

    Are you coming back to Kuwait any time soon?

    e-mail me when you do please🙂

    Enjooooooooooooooooooooooy !

    Reply

  3. AyyA
    Jan 04, 2007 @ 10:16:33

    Soud
    Thanks dear

    Ummel3yal
    Actually, I’m postponing my return to February, khara3ni elbard in Kuwait :p
    But I will e-mail you as soon as I arrive, thanks sweetie

    Reply

  4. Phoenix
    Jan 04, 2007 @ 11:36:39

    Congrats…The city looks beautiful!
    Have fun.

    Reply

  5. UzF
    Jan 04, 2007 @ 11:53:59

    Oh so you will actually have your kids enrolled in california schools! I thought you guys were there for vacaton only. Good for them.. all what you went through in preparations reminded me of what I had to go through when I first came here like 3 years ago. Lots of memories, mostly tough since I came here all by myself :^P

    Good luck for the kids, i’m sure they’ll do just fine.. and enjoy the time you have left with them to the max. Some time will pass before you see them again in the summer.

    Finally, happy belated birthday! Saty well :*

    Reply

  6. jewaira
    Jan 04, 2007 @ 22:37:03

    Best of luck dear AyyA to you and the boys. I think it is wonderful that you went with them.

    Wishing you all the best 🙂

    Reply

  7. AyyA
    Jan 04, 2007 @ 23:12:06

    Phoenix
    San Francisco is a beautiful city, but too much for my taste, it’s OK to go and hangout for a day, or a weekend may be, but not to live. Mountain View where we live is more of an extended land and open space, it’s much calmer and has more natural beauty. It’s perfect for studying, and only an hour from SF by the train.

    UzF
    I’m sorry you had to go through this all on your own, I was wondering what would the boys have done without me. But regardless of the difficulties at the begining, I think you learned a lot. And not much left for them to start spring quarter, they start on the 8th, so we are trying to get the best of the remaining days, thanks dear.

    Jewaira
    I had to accompany them dear since they did not come through the regular channels of the Ministry of Higher Education, thanks sweetie

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