You know how Facebook has those reminders of ‘things that happened on this day’? They’re always fun to look at and let you take a little stroll down memory lane. Today’s inspiration comes from a Facebook memory. I was reminded that 2 years in a row I wrote about my apartments in Shanghai for my third slice of life, so I figured, why not write about my place in Albania for slice number three?
Prior to moving to Albania, my school sent us some pictures of several apartments to choose from, but we were also given the option of waiting until we arrived to find a place, but places would be on a first-come, first-served basis. Most of the options were not great in my opinion, so I was nervous about waiting to look for a place until I came for fear that there would be even fewer options available. One place seemed like it would work, so I timidly accepted it. I was cautious because if we claimed a place before arriving and didn’t like it when we looked at it, we couldn’t change our minds.
All my fears were assuaged when I arrived on that hot, sticky day in August. My landlords met me at my new place at 10:00pm, after my delayed flight, and showed me around my flat. I fell in love with my landlords straight away, since they were so welcoming and sweet. I quickly fell in love with my place, too, as it definitely looked better in person than it did in the pictures. The first thing that I noticed was just how big it was! It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom flat that’s 1700 square feet…and I live alone! All of my apartments in Shanghai were much smaller, and double the price. I also loved that it was furnished, and I mean fully furnished! The kitchen was stocked with all the dishes, pots and pans, and serving dishes I could ever need. All the beds (4) had two sets of bedding each and loads of blankets. I even had lots of rugs to use on marble floor when the cold winter arrived. This was a completely foreign concept to me as an expat, as I’m used to dropping a lot of money in the first month buying all the essentials I need. The thing I love most about my place is that it feels like home. It’s comfortable, and I’m able to host parties and gatherings with large numbers of people, which is something I value very much.
It looks a little differently today, as I’ve added my personal touches, but here are the pictures from when I first moved in. Take a tour of my place with me…
From the front door looking in
The living and dining rooms
Another view of the living room
The kitchen…notice the dishwasher?!? I haven’t had one of these in 5 years!
The balcony…now much more inviting, as it’s filled with plants 🙂
My bedroom…the dark picture has since been replaced with a map of the world 🙂
Another view of my bedroom…the furniture is a little over the top, don’t you think? 😉
My bathroom…yep, that’s a bidet! I use it to wash my feet. hehe
My ‘spaceship’ shower…seriously this thing is amazing! It lights up, plays music, has jets in the tub and on the side, has a rain shower, and apparently has the capability of taking phone calls, but I’ve yet to try out that feature! 🙂
I have a washer AND a dryer…something almost completely unheard of! While I still hang my clothes most of the time, it’s nice to have for those cold, wet, dark days of winter.
Guest room #1, bed #1
Guest room #1, bed #2
Guest room #2
View from my bedroom
View from the kitchen
Thanks for taking a tour of my place…hope you enjoyed it! I have plenty of room if you ever fancy a visit to Tirana, Albania!