Jon found our flat - a comfy little three room in the Zoo District. I was worried. It wasn't exactly what I wanted or where I wanted it. I've only been here for five days and already I can see that I'm going to LOVE this place. It's about a 30 minute commute for Jon by tram and may be a bit less once we get him a bike. I wanted to be really close to Jon's work and the English Church but that didn't happen. BUT - what did happen was Jon found us a beautiful flat that backs to a gorgeous fairy land (pictures to come), on a quiet street, in a quiet building, that's half a block from a nice park with a lake filled with ducks, geese, and swans. All of the girls are loving being so close to the park and there three walks a day. :o)
The flat is really bright - which may mean it will be hot come summer but for now it's great. We do not have our kitchen yet or any lights - for those of you who don't quite understand what that means here's a quick description. I currently have a tiled room with a handful of plugs, a drain, and connections for water. The said room is filled with about 6 boxes which will hopefully transform into my kitchen sooner than later. :o) Hanging from every ceiling in every room are three wires just waiting for lights to be connected to them. Due to the fact that Jon is already busy at work, my light and kitchen situation have to wait until the weekend to be resolved.
I of course packed my camera so I couldn't get you guys any fun before and after pictures but what I can tell you is the entire place is white with a light pergo floor. The kitchen and bathroom are tiled in a grayish white tile. We do have a balcony that will be big enough for a table and a few chairs when we have it in our budget to splurge on such a luxury.
Take an American grocery store and split it into it's subsequent sections. Now make all of those sections into their own store. Okay that's pretty much how it is here in Germany. All of the stores that make up an American grocery store are just through the park (about a 7 minute walk) a bit further than my Lidl was in Leipzig but all of the stores are clustered so it will be way more convenient.
The tram stop is right outside the grocery store which pretty quickly gets me into town, to the Rhein, to the train station... you get the idea.
I've also noticed that the people have been so much nicer and more welcoming than the people were from my ghetto in Leipzig. And mom's, you can sleep easy tonight. I'm happy to report that we are now the riff-raff that's bringing down the neighborhood instead of the other way around. ;o)
All in all I am soooo happy; I just wish I could move my friends and family down the block, turn on a few lights, and scramble some eggs. Am I asking too much, I think not!!!
Miss you all and love you all and I can't wait to reconnect with all of you once I'm a bit more settled.
Hugs and Loves,