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Sunday, November 21, 2010

House Hunters International

Well, today we have some exciting news: we have an apartment! We are now residents of Central Auckland and have the library card to prove it. It is a huge relief not to be looking on Expedia every night, wondering where we will stay, and how many more hotel bills we will have to pay! We’ve been trying to get settled in, and are finding that we really miss our car. Grocery shopping and furniture shopping are a little different when you walk or bus everywhere. Yesterday we took our first cab back from the grocery store. We naively thought we would be fine to walk back with our stuff, you know, we’d try to not buy more than we needed – umm yeah. Taxis are definitely a little pricier than buses though!

Our first night was quite fun too. After moving in, we realized our furnished apartment had a bed frame and a box spring. That’s all in that area, which was a problem. It was too late to go find any stuff, i.e. mattress, sheets, pillows, blankets. You know, all those extra things. But being the resourceful travelers we are (or just too dang tired), we made it work. Andrew made the bed by putting out our travel neck pillows and laying out a selection of clothes to pad the box spring (not cushy at all) and cover us. After we spent an hour laughing, maybe a little hysterically, we tucked ourselves in. That’s right, we are classy people - sleeping in a nest of our own clothes. Not the best night ever, but actually not as bad as I thought it would be. Please don’t judge us - desperate times, desperate measures! Needless to say, shopping was the first thing on the agenda in the morning.

A very exciting day – keys and a library card!

A few pictures of our place:




We are very lucky to live only a few minutes from the library, where we have been hanging out for their internet. It’s a bit patchy so sometimes we go to a big entertainment centre where we can get 1 free hour per day. So we are kind of being internet hobos! Speaking of which, we are on skype at andrew.geralis so feel free to chat. Anyways, the library is free to join and has a good selection of dvds and books. We requested Lord of the Rings, and are looking forward to seeing New Zealand from that perspective (also to check out one of the places we visited! - more later).

3 comments:

Jackie said...

Hi! Good to "hear" from you! Your apartment looks wonderful. Hope the job hunt goes well...

Clarence & Rita said...

thanks for the update! good to see your place, and that your sense of humour is thriving. Your dad and I slept on the floor more than a few times....

Geralis said...

thanks for the comments, we have been enjoying having a place again. it makes us grateful for all the nice stuff we left at home too!