If all goes according to plan [knocks on wood], we will be living in El Salvador before the end of the month. The countdown has begun.Our packout has been scheduled. Plane tickets are hopefully being purchased today or tomorrow. Within a couple hours of receiving our travel orders yesterday, I had submitted my application for a diplomatic passport, terminated our lease (penalty-free thanks to the diplomatic clause we had amended to our lease) and suspended my cell phone contract.This is happening. It finally feels real. ¡Estoy emocionada!Did you ever think we were going to leave? I was a little worried because I’ve been blogging since April under the tagline “Expat Life as a Foreign Service Wife” — and I was neither an expat nor a wife at first. Now at least I’m one of the two!But seriously: Even I was starting to get tired of hearing about my progress in learning Spanish. So it’s nice to have some news to report!In the next three-and-a-half weeks we will be filling out a lot of paperwork (you know, for things like visas which we need to live and work in El Salvador), sorting all of our belongings into various shipment categories, purchasing random items we still need like large suitcases, stocking up on other supplies, meeting with our movers and saying goodbye to our DC area friends and family.I am SO GLAD we don’t have to pack/move ourselves. Because this is what it looked like last time I moved:This is when EFM duty really kicks in.I know some of you FS bloggers have written posts about packing/moving — including Hot Pot (also good packing tips in an interview with yours truly), peeps from abroad and Travelers Anonymous. I know there are others. What advice do you have? Help an EFM out!