We’re back! Okay, so we were never really gone but it feels like forever since we last posted an update.
Needless to say, things have been a bit turbulent around here. We basically have our whole lives to sort within the space of a few weeks. We’re selling our house, car and loads of our possessions, we’re finding new jobs, we’re moving country, we’re trying to find somewhere to live and to top it all off we’ve had lots of friends and family visiting which meant that we just weren’t getting around to doing anything. The fact that we also hosted a murder mystery party probably didn’t help with my stress levels – especially when I decided that it would be a good idea to cover our dining room floor with straw!
Finally, though we’re starting to see some progress and have some more news to share.
A couple of weekends ago we popped over to Berlin in an attempt to find somewhere to live. What we didn’t realise before starting this new adventure is that Berlin is a really popular city (yep, we could have guessed that bit) and there just aren’t enough apartments available for the amount of people looking for one. Basically, you queue up with about 10 other people, bring your whole life in paperwork, try to make a good impression and hope for the best.
All together we viewed 7 apartments (actually it was only 6 as we accidentally viewed one apartment twice – ups!) none of which were perfect and all had different pros and cons but most of them seemed like they’d be a good starting point for our time in Berlin.
After an anxious few days of waiting to hear back, we finally received the news we’d been waiting for – we could have the apartment we most wanted! To say that it’s a relief to know that we’ll have somewhere to live is a bit of an understatement. Until we received the news, I’d not realised how much the situation of not knowing where we’d be living had been stressing me. We love our home here in the UK and the thought of giving it up for the unknown has definitely been taking its toll.
We didn’t take a single photograph during the 3 days we were in Berlin which is probably the longest time I’ve gone without taking a picture for the last 4 years. It was a bit weird but it was good for us to take a step back and just concentrate on finding somewhere to live and getting to know Berlin. Although we can’t share an image of our new home just yet (we’ll, of course, be sharing loads as soon as we’re there) I have drawn a quick sketch of the layout.
The long-term plan is still to buy somewhere and I couldn’t resist already having a look at what’s available and ended up finding the most amazing apartment, ever! At the moment buying somewhere isn’t a priority as we’re more occupied with trying to get our lives moved over to Berlin but with any luck, our renovation fun might continue sooner than expected! And there’s nothing more motivating than finding your dream home (seriously, it’s amazing!) to get excited about moving.
PS. On a rather random note, we’ll be selling a lot of our things. So if you live in the Manchester area and there’s something you’ve seen in our home that you’d like just drop us an email general@LittleHouseOnTheCorner.com. (things that we’ll definitely be keeping are our living room furniture, the sideboard (with all of the drawers) in our guest bedroom and the wardrobe in our larger guest bedroom)