moving across the U.S.

158 - Moving Across the U.S. with Lucas

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 Hi everybody! My name is Shana and this is the American English Podcast. My goal here is to teach you the English spoken in the United States. Through common expressions, pronunciation tips, and interesting cultural snippets or stories, I hope to keep this fun, useful and interesting. Let’s do it!


Shana: Hi, everyone. We’re here today with Lucas.

Lucas: Hello. How’s it going, guys? Good to be back.

Shana: It’s been a long time. I actually went onto Spotify this morning to see when you were on this podcast last, and it was in episode number 38 about getting a green card.

Lucas: That’s right. It’s been a long time, huh?

Shana: Yeah, it’s been some years. So, yeah, Lucas has been living in the United States, obviously, we’re married, and today he’s here to talk about something very exciting that we did in the past month and a half.

Lucas: Yeah.

Shana: What did we do?

Lucas: Uh, we moved across country. We moved from California to North Carolina.

Shana: Right, and if you’re not familiar with U.S. geography, California is on the West Coast, it is next to the Pacific Ocean, and North Carolina is on the East Coast, it is on the Atlantic Ocean. And so the distance from California to North Carolina is approximately 2,300 miles.

Lucas: Yep.

Shana: We calculated or…

Lucas: 3,400km, something like that.

Shana: Right. And so Lucas, last month, invited a friend from Brazil, Raffa, to drive a U-Haul all the way from California to North Carolina.

Lucas: That’s right. It was quite an adventure.

Shana: And so today, we thought, why not share everything about the moving experience with you, and yeah, I think it could be very interesting, informative.

Lucas: Yeah. I mean, there there is like the basics, um, when it comes to moving in the United States that differs from other countries like Brazil, like my country. For instance, the like you said, the U-Haul, that’s a company that you can rent the truck or whatever you need and drive it yourself. Like, I’ve never heard anything like that in Brazil. You gotta, you know, pay the driver and he has a truck and he… You can load it in his truck and then he’s going to drive it. Also, you have this option here too, but it’s much more expensive.

Shana: Right.

Lucas: But… and not as fun, you know? So we decided to go. Yeah. We decided to rent a giant truck…

Shana: 26 feet, right?

Lucas: … 26 feet long. So my good friend Raffa came and we did the trip together. We did it in four days, and, yeah.

Shana: Was it four days or five days?

Lucas: It was four days total. We had a stop in Nashville, we’re both musicians and Nashville is like Disneyland. Yeah.

Both: But we’ll get to that, we’ll get to that part.

Shana: Okay. So Lucas mentioned U-Haul. That is the company that a lot of people go to, even when they need to do trips within a city, moving from maybe one area of town to the next, they might rent a U-Haul truck per hour. Normally they have advertisements on the side, like $19.95 per hour or whatnot, but if you’re traveling across country, the price goes up. And the size of the truck also plays a role in how much you’re going to pay for a trip. So, for example, do you remember how much we paid to transport all our stuff from California to North Carolina?

Lucas: Yes, they only care about the mileage and the days, of course. So the days that you’re going to have the truck and how long you’re going to drive. So you input where you’re going from and where you’re going to. And, and then they give you an estimate and they say, oh, like in our case, we paid $5,000 to, to drive up to 2,500 miles for eight days. So in that period you can drive the truck wherever you want. If you cross the mileage, then you pay extra. Say you, you can do your trip in four days like we did. We had some extra days to keep the truck around, to unload it in our own time. And then, you know, close to the eight days that they gave us, then we returned the truck.

Shana: Mhm. It’s 26ft long, is that scary to drive a truck that’s that long?

Lucas: It is. It was not my first rodeo. It was…

Shana: Nice expression! 

Lucas: We moved from Northern California to Southern California one time and we got a 15ft, uh, 15 foot-long truck. And that was already scary. This time it was like a full size 20, 26 foot long. [00:05:00] The truck itself is a lot bigger and a lot, you know, it feels like doing turns and all that, and like parking for gas and finding spots to park, it’s very tricky if you don’t have the experience. Luckily for me, you know, I had a little bit of experience with the other truck, so it was not as bad. And the route that we decided to take was not as mountainy? Is that how you say it?

Shana: Mountainous.

Lucas: Mountainous. So it was a piece of cake.

Shana: If you’re going to go take a scenic route across the United States, it’s not going to be the one that’s …the one that you took.

Lucas: I had no idea. I just put it on the map and it was like okay this is the short, short route, this is what I’m going to do. When the guy came to pick up our cars and a little bit on that, you know, if you’re planning to, to move across country in the United States, it’s so long that driving your cars involves more people, more hotels, gas, and like maintenance in your car, that is not worth it. So just ship your car. They have the company that you just pay. They load your car and they drop it there in (at*) your new address.

Shana: Right. We paid like 1,200 bucks for two cars.


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