Joining the ranks of the unemployed

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Friday, May 9, 2008

Hi everybody,
Here's a quick update on Melanie's job situation - for anybody who hasn't heard already.

We've suspected for some time that Melanie would not have a job to return to in Chicago and that she would therefore be laid off (made redundant). This is, in fact, what has happened. Melanie's last day at work was yesterday, May 8.

Our plan is to spend the summer in Amsterdam, from where Melanie can do a global job search. She has applied for indefinite residence (like a "green card"), which will give her the right to work here. She's looking into various options, such as setting up her own company here, as well as interviewing with several companies. In the process she's learning far more about international tax law and other technicalities of being an American living in Amsterdam than she would wish on her worse enemy. It's all very complex and confusing and we now realize how lucky we were to have these details handled by the company. However, they are details that are important and can potentially be very costly, so Melanie is diving deep into research land.

Of course we'll do some traveling and take a bit of time to just enjoy the summer as well. However, some of the technicalities have timeframes associated with them and the timeframes are fairly soon. So, no rest and relaxation immediately!

Til next time,
Melanie and Chris
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