Shipping your belongings takes about six to eight weeks. Maybe in good times, without Covid-19 and a ship tied up in the Suez Canal, otherwise, it takes a little longer. This was for the dramatic effect because, fortunately, our ship was not stuck in the canal. So why did it take a while? We don’t know either, the container was stuck in the port of Kuala Lumpur for a few weeks, and it had a long sleepover in Singapore. So our ingenious plan to have everything shipped earlier, so we would soon have our stuff in Zurich, didn’t work out.
At the Loosschilder-Jansen campground, it was a hollow mess for the past two months. With two plates, two cups, some cutlery and two pairs of towels we flew to Switzerland. Still keeping in mind that this would only be for about three weeks, not three months. Gradually more furniture arrived, and now with the stuff from Kuala Lumpur, it start to sound less and less hollow. All in all, you spend at least six months moving and waiting for furniture (thanks Covid for causing the many delays).
In three hours, the Harsch men unpacked our entire furniture, which was quite dirty. Not surprising of course when everything was locked up in a cargo ship for three months. Every few boxes we looked at each other with some confusion and wondered. So why again do we need 12 wine glasses, a 96-piece cutlery set, countless plates, and double the number of books? And how entertaining, hopefully soon, we’ll have to do this again with all the stuff that is still waiting for us in the Netherlands. Until then we make do with what we have now and enjoy our, sometimes a little bit useless, Malaysian stuff.