Seriously, hunt is not even being dramatic when it comes to searching for an apartment in some of urban cities in Germany (aka Berlin, Munich, Hamburg). Now add on top of it, a family friendly apartment with 3 rooms. Which reminds me- for some reasons Germans sometimes like to create systems that just make living here more confusing for foreigners, I swear the German forefathers are somewhere laughing their heads off! Three that come instantly to mind:
- They say the second number first, which even after living here for awhile likes to screw me up! For example, the number 28 would be said as “eight and twenty”.
- The first floor is actually the second floor. (HUH) I know totally useless. They call the real first floor the ground floor and then start counting up from there. But if you are calling a friend and they say, “oh yeah, come on over I’m on the third floor”. You think to yourself, oh- only three flights of stairs, I got that under control, and then it is actually four flights! I have the same problem in the elevator! Cause then I am wondering if they actually meant the 3rd floor or if they have taken it already into consideration and meant the 4th!
- Lastly, I don’t know if this is the American part of me that confused it or the German cause theoretically they would be correct in this one. A 3-room apartment actually means a 2 bedroom apartment with a living room. So 4-rooms is 3 bedrooms 1 living room, and so forth. So when I wrote I am looking for a 3 bedroom apartment, it actually means a 2 bedroom apartment with a living room.
Sorry for getting sidetracked (happens to me a lot)! 🙂
Ok right, so back to the hunt! So as we are both still working while flat hunting we literally have only the option to go to viewings on the weekend. Which further narrows down the list of potentials. Plus in Germany, things that are standard in the states, like having a kitchen, lights, closets, etc. are not the norm here. So pretty much when you rent a place here you are getting an empty box. Only pro to this is that you have a little bit of room to customize. See my old kitchen:
However, with installing a kitchen comes all sorts of headaches, costs, and time estimations (usually you estimate wrong and it takes double the time).
Ok, back to search again 🙂 We drove up for a weekend and ran around like a nut all day Saturday. This is the apartment that tugs our heart strings! (AND OMG it has a kitchen! Is a double win)!
Now let the wait begin…
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