On the 15th July I jumped on a place (well, two planes, and jumped is hardly right, as easyJet stung me an extra £40 for being over weight1) and headed to Durham, North Carolina, for a couple of months, work offered me an exciting opertunity, and after some discussions with my wife, we took it, she joined me here a week later. Her work has been good enough to let her take some extended leave so she can spend the time with me out here, she joind me out here a week later.

We’ve been living in a hotel since we got here, but on Wednesday we move into an apartment in Chapel Hill, NC, about 15 minutes from the office � the hotel we are in now.

So far everything has gone very smoothly, no major hassles or problems.

Before I left, we had a big family � friends BBQ at our house, and although the weather did it’s best to put a dampner on the whole thing (I ended up BBQing in the garage door, helped by my Dad and my brother in-law, the garage now stinks of food..) it was great to see everybody and I was touched to hear everybodies good wishes. Thank you to everybody who turned up and even to those who couldn’t 🙂

We’ve been out and about trying to explore our new surroundings, doing our best not to die in the heat.

So far we’ve eaten are way round most of the local places (living in a hotel does have draw back, constantly eating out becomes a chore and is doing my waistline no favours at all), shopped at the local mega mall and smaller strip malls, been to Jordan Lake, the Museum of Life � Sciences.

1 my luggage, not me, although they would have been justified in that too.