So I’ve got the entrance code, two keys for the apartment door, plus another one for the mailbox, plus a little laser thingy to open the gate to the parking lot out back. Yay ! Chris & Natasha came into town with me yesterday (Saturday) to eyeball the place and take some measurements. The bed *will* fit in the little bedroom, and still allow clearance for both the bedroom door *and* the closet doors to open. Whole *inches* to spare. Which means the larger bedroom can be used for the computers and bureau and maybe the big leather chair. Now I just need to arrange movers. Want a tour ?:
Here’s the building again — the tall yellow one (our unit is in the back of the building. The domed structure in the foreground, incidentally, used to be a public loo known by the locals as the ‘Taj Mahal’. It houses a bar now) — and a shot of the entry way. Visitors push the apt number and we can see them on a little view screen in the apartment and either tell them to go away or buzz them in.
I didn’t get any shots of the hallways inside the building, or the elevator or anything, sorry ! But here’s the view down the hall when you open the apt door. Immediately to the left inside (not pictured) is the closet/cupboard where the washer & dryer are. The dryer is hung on the wall upside down above the washer. Next on the left is the little bedroom. It doesn’t have any windows except the little vertical bit of glass there onto the hallway. That’s the phone to talk to people who’ve just buzzed from downstairs.
Past the little bedroom, the hallway opens out into the combined living/dining/kitchen area. You can see Chris & Natasha are standing out on the little balcony. The doors to the larger bedroom and the bathroom are to the left there. The second shot is looking back from the balcony doors toward the kitchen area. Chris tells me that “Smeg” is a high-end brand of kitchen appliances, which makes me titter. Next shots are the bathroom, which isn’t big enough for a tub, only a shower, and the larger bedroom, which has its own door onto the little balcony.
Finally, here’s the view (of Mt. Victoria) from the back balcony. (You can just see a teeny weeny little triangle of harbor at the far left. The place faces south and maybe a bit eastish, which means it gets some light in the morning, but that’s pretty much it. Unlike some of the other places I looked at, though, there’s a lot of airspace behind this one, so I don’t think it will be all dark and damp, the way the places in the narrow valleys are. We shall see.
Anyway, for reference, the living area (not including the kitchen) is roughly 10’x13′. The larger bedroom is 12′ x 9’8″, and the smaller one is 9’x7’8″. The bits of furniture in a couple of the photos are two nightstands and a large bureau that the owner left for us to use. If I’d thought about it more, I’d have told him to go ahead and take them out, but I was still unsure at that point which pieces of our furniture I thought I was going to be able to get to and move. There is ventilation, but no actual heat or AC. If I want it warmer, I get myself an electric heater, and if I want it cooler, I open the windows. (As far as I can tell, this is standard — I have yet to see any residential building that has central air/heat, or hot water radiators or anything like that, although I’ve seen new houses advertised with central heat/air.)
It “comes with Sky”, which I think is the four UHF channels (there’s an antenna jack in the wall), and if I want to pay for Sky digital (which has Discover Channel, and Nickelodeon and Rugby and stuff), there’s a separate jack for that already. I’m still pretty fuzzy on exactly what’s available here in what formats — for instance, I think there’s something else that is called ‘cable’ — but it’s all largely moot until I get a TV anyway.
In other news, the All Blacks beat France last night, though France gave them quite a run in the second half. Our guys fumbled the ball a really amazing number of times, and the French were dropping like flies with injuries. The All Blacks captain (whom the ref kept calling “Captain Black” — hee !) got sin binned for taking a swing at one of the French players — tsk ! I had got stuck working remotely (remote access is definitely a double-edged sword), and one of my co-workers who lives just over in Pinehaven came over to help — we took a break to watch the game, though.
Now: I must go through boxes and look for all the stuff I will need when I’m not living off the largesse of Chris & Natasha – things like towels and sheets and cooking utensils… Back into the mountain of boxes go I.