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The interview was at the American consulate in London this morning. It went very smoothly, thank god. (The only minor hitch occurred when we went through security and I had to throw away my little Swiss army knife, duh.)

We had all the paperwork they needed (and many, many other bits and pieces I’d amassed just in case), the consular officers were pleasant, and the entire process took less than two hours. I was 99% sure it would be a cut-and-dried process, but you never know with government bureaucracy, and we lost quite a bit of sleep whilst trying not to imagine the worst. But all went well, and Francis’s greencard is on the way.

We are incredibly relieved. And exhausted! We got up this morning at 5.30 after a six-day trip to Paris and Florence. The trip was amazing and I’m grateful we got to go, but it did add considerably to our stress levels. (Check out the pics on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/specklet/sets/. They’re not labelled or tagged yet; I’ll get around to that… sometime.)

Anyway, we’ll be flying to the States on September 8th. Visits to Washington DC and Florida first, then a leisurely drive cross-country. ETA in Portland: late October.

It will be very hard to leave our family here in England, but we are looking forward very much to seeing everyone on the other side of the pond.

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