We are moved in! We're really happy with our little house. It's all decked out in Ikea garb and not even in a subtle way. Check it out:
It's nice that setting up house went well, because things are still pretty stressful at work. The actual teaching is fine, of course. It's just everything else that's difficult. The newest battle? Summer flights home. They were promised to us during the recruitment process, but now HR is trying to back track and say that we will be "eligible" for these flights next summer. 19 months into our contracts. Flights home are supposed to be per annum. The biggest problem? They didn't drop this bombshell until yesterday, seven weeks before vacation. Flights are already prohibitively expensive. Had they been up front with us (we, at the women's college have been asking HR for information on flights for weeks, but received nothing but "we'll have information soon" until yesterday) we could have booked flights back when they were reasonably priced. Like in China, everyone in this country has vacation at the same time. Flights get more and more expensive and then they fill. So, we got together and penned a letter to the COO. I also passed the message onto my friend in Al Khobar (the bigger campus). HR will be making some sort of announcement tomorrow. We shall see. Wish us luck. We're coming home regardless, but if this doesn't come out in our favor, it will hurt us financially.
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