But as always, reality bites. Life didn’t sweep me away to the frosty winter mornings of the Big Apple or to it’s fast suburban life. Fate didn’t bring me to its skyscrapers or to its exciting (and dangerous) neighborhoods. Instead, it lead me to the South of Spain where it’s all sun and smiles, where houses are washed white and the terrazas are adorned with colorful terracotta pots. Different
The Hunting Season:
Only the looniest of loons will pack his bags and begin hunting for an apartment in the middle of the summer. As a general rule, you don’t look for a long term place to rent when everything's tag priced for the tourists and the agencies are taking advantages of their peak season in business. However, opportunity only knocks once and I am using this opportunity to knock somewhere, unpack and live.
Where I am working at the moment is a suburb of
I live in point A and work in point B. This is the map of my daily sufferings.
Scanning the internet for the most reasonable price (my friend said you can haggle at least a hundred euros less than actual price as the coast is quite quiet at the moment) I found some very interesting ones but mostly situated in the hills. As for someone who doesn’t drive and get repulsed by the idea of walking, a lengthy stroll uphill or downhill is out of the question.
I phoned a couple of numbers but unfortunately, almost all of the ones that I liked are occupied until September or not exactly what I am looking for (I am looking for a one bedroom apartment with a bath, not just a shower.) Prices range from 450 to 600 euros for a one bedroom but who are they kidding? The real estate business is heavily sleeping at the moment and I am not prepared to splurge 600 euros unless it‘s a 3 bedroom apartment in the middle of Puerto Banus (now, that’s too much to ask).
(one of the apartments that I like. Not bad for 450 euros, 1 bedroom. Too bad it is situated in Calanova Hills. You heard it right, hills.)
However difficult the hunting process might be, I am excited with the thought of finding the one (bedroom apartment). Internet is the best resort for inspiration with thousands of sites and blogs dedicated to apartment hunting, designs, living, up to moving out and finding another one. You can even find social networking sites for apartment hunters! ApartmentTherapy.com is the best for interior designs and tips, unfortunately it is just concentrated in the
love the burst of blue amidst the gray walls
Jason wants to perfect his macaroons. I'm afraid I'm not a domestic goddess, better to keep the kitchen spotless. Chinese takeaway on my speed dial.
Jason Wu could not only design Michelle Obama’s gowns but he can work magic with his apartment as well. I love the minimalist style and the monochromatic colours using predominantly gray, black and silver.
I could only dream at the moment. The hunting has just began and the search is far from over. No, I don’t have the money to acquire a real Victorian antique sofa or a real fur carpet to step on; maybe a nice brown floral wallpaper, yes.
I can’t hang any Picasso or Monet or any expensive stuff on my walls but I make sure my 6 year old niece’s picture will be on the living room welcoming my guests with her smile.
I might even find some (obviously) fake Oscar statuettes in the flea market and put it in the bathroom so guests can practice their speech infront of the mirror.
Finally, I know I can’t have big French windows and the only bookshelf I can get is from IKEA but I make sure my living room has a fucking chandelier, Swarovski or not.
apartment photo: www.solvillaspain.com
Jason WU: www.nymag.com