Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

We signed the lease on Friday for the art nouveau flat, and the movers will deliver our things on Friday at noon. It’s a relief to finally have a place of our own, and to know that we’ll soon be reunited with all of our cherished (and now probably dusty) belongings. I am slightly worried about a couple of things, however, which puts a bit of a damper on the move-in joy:

1. We saw the newly installed tub\shower combo on Friday. I don’t think I mentioned this before, but one of the drawbacks to this flat and what would have resulted in an instantaneous veto from me had the Mr. said we couldn’t change it is the “sitting shower” in the bathroom. On our first viewing, the agent explained that a combination bathtub\sitting shower (basically a tub with a seat moulded into the back) would be installed. “Sitting shower?” I asked the Mr. with trepidation. He whispered that it wouldn’t be a problem to change it if we took the place. In the days following, the Mr.’s attitude shifted slightly from “we can change it, no problem” to “I think we can change it.” In the end, I decided just to trust his initial inclination and we agreed to take the place. He’s not as concerned about it as I am, but says he will do his best to try to fix it to a more normal shower setup. (I mean, what idiot came up with the idea of a “sitting shower,” anyway, in any other setting apart from a nursing home?) Then on Friday, we saw the shower nozzle for the “sitting shower” for the first time and entirely new fears (shared by both of us) have surfaced. It’s really, really small. I mean, we’re wondering how much water can actually come out of this thing since it’s so small. And because they chose an incredibly small nozzle, maybe that means there’s no good water pressure and we’re going to have a warm trickle of water with which to bathe every day? We’re probably just being paranoid, but I fear we may need to learn how to love being dirty.

2. The kitchen situation. I feel really, really badly abandoning the super-busy Mr. to a flat with absolutely no kitchen for 1 1/2 months. The poor guy won’t even have a freakin’ kitchen sink. He says he’s not concerned about it only because he has a million other things on his plate right now and having no kitchen is the least of his worries. This doesn’t exactly alleviate my guilt. On Saturday, we actually found a range from Ikea that we both like:

Ikea's Abstrakt kitchen range in gray

The problem, however, is that the Mr. says he just doesn’t have the energy to delve into planning a kitchen right now, which is fair enough given his work. After much discussion we’ve decided that although it’s inconvenient for him, it makes sense for me to go now and to wait on planning and ordering the kitchen until July when I’m back. Alternatively, kitchen-planning faeries might show up and take care of everything for us, but I guess I won’t hold my breath waiting for them.


About bittenbythebug

I love travel and have always been fascinated by other cultures. Back in 2004, I began my life as an expat in Edinburgh, Scotland. Fast forward 5 1/2 amazing years later to 2010 and the new chapter in my expat adventure: Würzburg, Germany.
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6 Responses to Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

  1. Bonnie says:

    Could you and Tom buy a fridge before you leave? It would be inconvenient but doable to survive for an extended period of time with just a microwave and a fridge. I love the Ikea kitchen and am glad you’ll get to plan it out together–unless the faeries show up.

    I’m really excited that you guys have found a place, even if you have to hire a plumber to fix the shower!

    • Actually, Bonnie, we talked about this earlier this evening and we also think buying a fridge now could make a lot of sense. Initially we thought maybe Tom could buy a cheap, small one to get by, but we realized we probably want a stand-alone fridge anyway, so why not just go ahead and invest in this part of our kitchen now? We might go on Saturday to have a look at different units, but I’m not that fussed about what we get so it’s something he can do on his own if he’d rather wait. Anyway, I’m feeling better with this new plan of attack!

  2. Lindsey says:

    Ditto to what Bonnie said. I’m so excited about your new place! I can’t wait to hear about you settling in. Enjoy your trip back to Indiana.

  3. fenella says:

    Re the shower pressure, don’t fret. there are definitely ways to deal with that.
    Check out this shower head. It takes little water and makes a good shower spray.

    There are probably others like it.

    We’ve done a lot of improvements on our flat in the last couple weeks. Caro stayed with us the last couple of days and she approved. I’ll have to take pics and share. But the moral of the story is that little things make a big difference.

    i’ll need to email you re our kitchen choice.


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