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We Found an Apartment!

Todd and I have a tendency to not plan anything. Last year when we went to Japan we had no plans and nowhere to stay when we landed there.

Life Nomadic 2008 is no different.

Before we left I spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a an apartment to rent online. We even worked through Century 21 here in Panama, which turned out to be a colossal disappointment. They found us a place, but then when we got here they skipped on a meeting they were supposed to have with us and then said, "Sorry! He doesn't want to rent it short term anymore."

Adoption Journey, Day 3 (Det er sommer, det er sol og det er søndag)

On The Lunde Adoption Blog 2014

This is the first photo of me in Colombia since my adoption five years ago. It was taken yesterday (on Day 2) at the exit from the airport.

Day 2 had a good start and a good finish, it was just the middle part that was very boring. Stepping off a long, slightly delayed flight, consisting of 11 hours crammed into a small, 275-seat Airbus 340 (as opposed to a Boeing 747, like last time, or even an Airbus 380), we were met at the airport by the same driver who had picked up my parents when they came to Colombia in 2009 to adopt me: The always smiling, always helpful Reinaldo Daza! He made us feel relaxed and safe by speaking only Norwegian with us! (In Colombia, unlike the part of the world where we live, people generally don't understand any English. You're lucky if you meet someone who can speak it with any fluency. Body language and a handful of Spanish words will usually get you much further.)

Reinaldo took us to the hotel. On the way he told us that there are already three other Norwegian couples there, each one with a little child that they are in the process of adopting!

The hotel is quite nice. We have a "de luxe" apartment on the 5th floor, with our own kitchen, two bathrooms, and even a fireplace in the living room (not that we need it!).

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