We've been in our new city for almost 24 hours now. We were welcomed to the UK in a fashion you'd expect--thick gray clouds, soupy rain, and bright green grass. Thankfully as the day went on, the sun came out and turned out to be a wonderful evening.
I managed pretty well on the various flights. There was only one time I thought I was losing my capacity to breathe (while dinner was being served on the trans-Atlantic flight), but it quickly came back. Thank you for all your prayers. I know God was answering them. I am glad to have the travels over and am so grateful that they went so well.
We stayed last night (and will again tonight) with another Ph.D. student and his family in their flat. They have already answered a ton of questions and been very helpful for us as we try to adjust. We are enjoying playing with their almost 5 year old (who has the cutest little Scottish accent!) and 3 year old boys. They took us last night to a park near their house and we all enjoyed being out in the fall-like evening weather. It was so strange to be in 60 degree weather after being in the 90 degree heat for the past month or more. The scary thing is they said yesterday had been one of the warmer days in the past few months!
We are still having trouble finding a flat (an apartment), unfortunately. Last night, two of the viewings we had set up were canceled because the flats were already leased. The one flat we did look at last night was too small for both us. We do have two viewings for this afternoon and we will just have to see what happens. In many ways, this is what we expected to happen. At any rate, would really appreciate your prayers during this time. Finding a flat really soon would obviously be a great blessing.
More to come later :-)