The story of our move to California

Raluca Loteanu December 10, 2016
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It all started a couple of months ago when we first thought about moving here. Now I am writing this post from our new home in California and I cannot believe it all happened so quickly.

It began with a job offer Adrian received from the company he was working for. They offered him a new position in California, thousand of miles away from home. First, we were confused and just wanted to see how the offer looks like, but at that point, we didn’t actually think we will end up accepting it.

Adrian was happy to have the opportunity to work in the place where the best IT companies in the world have their headquarters, but I was very reluctant to the idea of moving to the USA. What started like a talk about a possible move with no concrete details became more serious in the next months and at the end of June Adrian already had a firm offer and a deadline for accepting it.

He had no second thoughts about the move, but I was still not convinced that this was a good change for us. I think the love for him and the fact that I saw him so happy about this opportunity made me go on with the plan and start preparing our move. By the end of July we started all the paperwork and at the middle of August, we finally received the necessary approvals and visas for your move.

To be honest, deep inside my heart, by that time I was still not ready for the change and I had several thoughts of remaining in Romania. At the beginning of September, we planned a family holiday in Greece and the time spent there was exactly what I needed to make up my mind. I spent some time alone with Adrian and we discussed a lot about all my fears and doubts. It helped me to see that he is supporting me and that he is willing to make some compromises for making this change easier for us. I saw him playing with Bogdan and I realized that I don’t want my family to stay apart. Even if the change was difficult for me, the idea of staying far from Adrian seemed even more difficult.

When we came back home I felt for the first time that I really wanted to move to California and we started to make the final preparations. We decided that Adrian will fly first to San Francisco and we will follow him a couple of weeks later after he settles in.

He left Romania in October, one day after Bogdan’s 3rd anniversary, and Bogdan and I remained home for six more weeks. During that time I had to take care of a lot of paperwork, I packed everything in our house (I donated part of the things and I packed the rest of them in some boxes that remained in our dressing) and I packed the few things we took with us. At the middle of November, Bogdan and I were ready to leave. The last day in our home was the hardest, full of emotions and mixed feelings. It was hard to leave all behind and fly far away from our family and friends, but I thought of it as the beginning of a new adventure and this made things a little easier to bare.

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After a lot of hours in the plane, we landed in New York, where we had a short holiday, just the two of us (me and Bogdan). We had a great time visiting New York and we started to get used a little bit with the “American way of living”. One week later we were heading again to the airport, this time flying to San Francisco, where we finally got reunited with Adrian.

We were tired after seven hours on the plane, but I felt very happy to be together again. Our first day in our new home in San Jose was really nice and as I was watching them play so happy on the floor I felt that I made the right decision to stay together as a family, even if this meant a big move.

I don’t know how our life in California will be, but I think that the most important thing is that we are together and ready to face new adventures.

This is only the start of a new stage in our life and I really hope we will be happy here. California is our new home and we plan to enjoy the most of it. The beginning was full of challenges, but we are looking forward to what our life in California will bring us.

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    chrissyzang@gmail.com

    December 14, 2016 Reply
    What a great adventure! I know exactly what you are going through - we did the same thing in 2008 when we moved to Chicago from Germany for 3 years! I can now say that even though it wasn't always easy, especially being separated from family and friends back home, it was one of the best decisions we ever made! Good luck for everything! Cannot wait to follow along on your adventure!
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      Raluca

      December 14, 2016 Reply
      Thanks a lot! We hope to have a great adventure in California, now it all seems very new and unfamiliar compared to Europe, but we hope to get used to it!
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    chrissyzang@gmail.com

    December 14, 2016 Reply
    What a great adventure! I know exactly what you are going through - we did the same thing in 2008 when we moved to Chicago from Germany for 3 years! I can now say that even though it wasn't always easy, especially being separated from family and friends back home, it was one of the best decisions we ever made! Good luck for everything! Cannot wait to follow along on your adventure!
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      Raluca

      December 14, 2016 Reply
      Thanks a lot! We hope to have a great adventure in California, now it all seems very new and unfamiliar compared to Europe, but we hope to get used to it!
  • 2016 - My travel year in review: 15 trips in 12 months - Playful Notes

    January 20, 2017 Reply
    […] In November I moved to California, so my travel plans changed a lot and I began to look for destinations close to our new home. (I wrote here about the story of our move to California) […]
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