In the interest of keeping up with how this process truly goes, I feel I must talk about this apartment hunt situation....
((insert heaving sigh here))
So, bright side first: I have found what I believe are two really awesome roommates that I am genuinely excited about living with. They are both people that are not exactly fresh out of college, so their mindset is a bit closer to mine. You know, ready to party 'til our geriatric bones fall apart but still understanding how to show up for a job and make sure household needs are tended to...So we should be able to kick up some awesome/insane stories together...
Less shiny side: We found a great place that was basically a guaranteed piso for the three of us (a past assistant was moving from her place and offered it out--this is definitely a route that future assistants should try...don't be shy...ask around). There were a few issues with the place, but overall it was basically perfect for us. However, we found another place that seemed as though it would accommodate us a bit better and was in just as nice of an area. We decided to go for it.
Long story short: The original place was rented out, the new place bailed out from us and decided not to rent the place anymore, we may be living under a bridge in two weeks...
Just kidding, I'm sure we will work it out, but I am sure we will be far more discerning in the future.
Lesson learned: The grass is not greener. In fact it is nothing but crappy 70's plastic carpet grass. Keep the real thing...plants will like you better for it.
So, even as we speak, I am emailing every piso I see advertised anywhere and hopefully soon I will have better news to share.
This hiccup, in the grand scheme of things, is really minor and I realized a while ago that after the glow of excitement wanes and the real process begins, there is bound to be the Murphy's Law phase. I'm there now I guess. I also know that, while trying to move to another country, if I let every setback and upset wind me all up, I will be a crazy person before I even get my first paycheck.
So I am learning to breathe through these moments...maybe this is one of the things I need to learn before coming back to the States anyhow...
Have you attempted to find housing overseas? Any horror stories?
Wish me luck guys!!