(Pictures coming soon! I’ll post again, hopefully soon, with pictures.)
It’s a “two room apartment,” but apparently, they don’t count hallway and balcony space, which is fine by me. There is a long hallway which goes almost the length of the apartment, a bedroom that is just a bit smaller than the one we had in Springfield, a living room that looks out the no-car zone our apartment is in, a very small bathroom with a washing machine, and a very small kitchen (probably 1/2 the size of the one we had in Springfield). Also, a large “terrace,” which we would call a patio or balcony in America. It’s probably 12’x20′ and it looks out to the city cathedral, Johanneskirche, as does our bedroom window (the patio is right outside the bedroom). It has all hard floors, and I love the windows!
If the handle is down, the window is locked. If you turn it a quarter turn, the window opens like a book, but when you turn the handle a 1/2 turn, it opens from the top, the hinge is at the bottom. From the side, it would look like a V with one side pointing straight up (the wall). The other leg of the V is the window. Because they don’t have air conditioning in Germany (!), this third setting allows you to open the window only a little bit, instead of all the way. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think their windows are really cool, and I’m so glad our apartment has them!
What do we love about this Wohnung (“voh-nung,” apartment)? Almost everything!
We were afraid that living on a “Fußgängerzone,” or no-car street lined with stores, might be loud, and it can be, but it has not been noisy at night so far, which is really the only time we’re worried about. Actually, we love that it’s on the Fußgängerzone, because as soon as we walk out our door, we have a Metzgerei (“mets-gair-eye,” or butcher) right across the street, so Rob can get all the fresh wurstchen and salami he wants of practically any type, and about three different bakeries within a three-minute walk. It’s so easy to just pop downstair and buy some freshly baked Brötchen (“broit-chen,” or rolls) for breakfast. Another great plus to our location on Seltersweg is that the nearest bakery is open every day of the week (99% of the stores on Seltersweg are closed on Sundays)! The bad part (for my waist!) of living where we do on Seltersweg (right above Eis-Cafe Dolomiten) is that there are four gelato cafes within that same three-minute walking distance! Sarah made me promise that I wouldn’t eat any Eis (“ice,” the German word for ice cream) unless I have run at least four miles that week, and so far, with *ahem* only a few exceptions, I have kept that promise. It’s harder than I thought it would be! :)
The hallway was something I found weird initially (we think it’s about 50 feet long), but now I think it’s great! We will be able to buy some nice cabinets and use it as storage for things we need access to, like linens, off-season clothing, and games. We bought bookshelves at IKEA already, and those are in the hallway too. The hallway basically makes the apartment feel a little bigger than it would without, and that’s always nice too. We do have a tiny little storage room next to the front door (it’s probably 2 1/2 feet by 8 feet), AND an attic, for all the things we won’t need easy access to.
The bedroom is just the right size, and did I mention the window that opens to a view of the Johanneskirche?! Beautiful.
The living room has slanted ceilings on both sides, which I think gives it some character, and it’s windows open to Seltersweg. Yesterday morning I stood on a footstool and listened to the street musician playing guitar and singing below. As long as the windows are closed during the day, you’d never know there were busy shoppers below. We’ve turned it into a living room and office, with a double wide desk (IKEA, of course!) along one wall with room for Rob’s computer and my laptop. The rest of the room is the living room/TV watching area. We opted for two reclining chairs instead of a couch because they take up less space, were cheaper, and will be easier to move! The living room is the black and red like we were always going for in Springfield, and there’s a nice red rug that really ties the room together. Dude.
The patio is AWESOME. We will eventually get patio furniture and maybe even a grill, and then we’ll be able to enjoy it more. So far, we’ve been standing out there for a few minutes just to enjoy the view and the fresh air. It’s the perfect place to stretch before and after a run, and we hang our clothes on the clothes line out there (dryers are virtually unheard of in Deutschland).
So what’s bad about this apartment? Only two things.
First, it’s on the top floor. I counted, and it’s 56 stairs to the top with six 180-degree turns (it’s a curvy stair case, and when I’m really tired, I get dizzy going up!). What compounds that negative aspect? We had 12 large, heavy pieces of luggage to get from the ground floor to the top floor. I’m not exactly sure, but I think we had four suitcases weigh in at 96 pounds, two each in the 70-pound range, the 60-pound range, and four more in the 50-pound range. That’s some heavy luggage to carry up 56 stairs in a narrow stair case! We almost literally fell down on the floor when we finished. It was exhausting work for sure, and I am not looking forward to those stairs after a hard run!
Second, the bathroom. Rob was really hoping that we would have a nice, deep tub, but instead we have a tiny shower in a tiny bathroom. Plus, it’s the only room that has a color scheme already. A rather elementry color scheme, if you ask me. It has primary colors in the tiles, with RED fixtures. Additionally, the washing machine is in the bathroom, which seems weird by American standards, but is quite normal for Deutschland.