Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Accomodation Conundrum

The Guesthouse:

The guesthouse was a great little place. Actually more like a mini-mansion. Stayed there for three days with Fee and Alex and had a great time! Then, I was given the keys to my apartment and told to move within the hour.

The Apartment:

The apartment was amazing. Absolutely huge, brand new, with the most amazing furniture. I had a super-king sized bed!! All my friends from the Games were also living in building so there were lots of dinners and parties. I had my birthday dinner at the apartment where I cooked (with the HUGE help of Alex and my lovely neighbours Cath and Kim) for about 40 people. We also had a roof party, but that went a little wrong when the roof was subsequently locked and the security guard who was on duty got fired and deported back to Nepal.

Then, after being there for two weeks, we got the knock at the door telling us that the building was going to fall down and we needed to take our valuables and go to the hotel up the road.

The Hotel:

The hotel was 4 1/2 star and absolutely awesome. While it wasn't great going back to living out of a suitcase, Alex and I managed to scam the honeymoon suite and with 3 free meals a day, my own robe and slippers, couldn't complain at all! The best thing was that the only way to get our clothes washed was to "risk our lives" and head back into the condenmed apartment building for some "extreme washing".

The New Apartment:

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and after a week, we were moved into our brand new apartments. The new apartment is exactly the same as the old one which is a good and bad thing. Good as we have the same great furnture. Bad, as the big crack in the hallway reminded us, because it was therefore built by the same people who built our last structurally unsafe building. Alex moved in for a couple of nights to the new apartment but has now moved into her villa with her boyfriend. We had a dinner for her to say goodbye. Halfway through the fire alarm started ringing and we had to evacuate. All part of the fun.

I am now living with Mary, which is great. We have also just worked out that we can both cook so it may turn out to be even better than when we have lived together previously.


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