I switched my shampoo and conditioner to humidity protection, frizz-defy. It doesn’t really matter though because within five minutes of being outside I am literally a hot mess. I don’t know how anyone lives in this hot, humid sticky weather. It is 95 degrees by 10 am. No one bikes in Durham because it is too hot. Even traveling a short distance, my arms get hot from the sun and I need to take a break in the shade before peddaling along.
My move to North Carolina was less than smooth. All my Amtrak boxes arrived except one, and they did not all arrive at the same time. The majority of them arrived on Thursday morning, one week after I delivered them to the Emeryville station in California. They traveled by train to Chicago, them switched trains in Washington D.C. then to Durham, North Carolina. One separate box arrived alone the next day via a different train.
The lost box is my kitchen things. I am grateful the lost box was not my gear or winter clothes. It could have been a lot worse. My takeaway from the experience, is move by Amtrak if cost is your priority and you do not care if something is lost. It was $400 for a pallet of 500 lbs. The lost box will not be reimbursed until Amtrak corporate has done an extensive search for 90 days. The boxes are now in a storage unit until my lease begins.
My bicycle shipped separately via UPS or Fed Ex, I don’t remember which, it was damaged in transit and required special parts replaced. The bike shop in Durham will order them and replace those parts.
Finding housing was also tedious. I thought I had everything settled before I arrived, placing a deposit on a property. However, upon arrival, the house next door to this property is undergoing a major renovation and I did not want to live next door to a construction zone. The ceilings were also very low and the house much smaller than I had viewed on Face Time. I received my deposit back, but lost $45 on the application fee. Then over the next few days I looked at ten+ properties and different neighborhoods. I hope to live in the Old West Durham neighborhood as it is closest to West campus and shops.
I stayed my first two nights with a recent nursing school graduate, then the next four nights at an Airbnb (two nights were over the weekend). At the Airbnb, the host put my housing request on the neighborhood list serve and someone replied with a house that works perfectly for me. It is a 1B/1B, completing my only requirements of a indoor area for my bicycle and a washer/dryer in unit. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the 9th street shopping/market area or a 5 minute bike ride. I completed a rental application for this house and hope to report back positive news soon by signing a lease. I am in NYC now and return August 15 to Durham, and stay until December.