Just to be clear, I was planning on making a “series” of posts on our adventures in moving to Berlin – maybe to talk a little bit about the reality of trying to find a place in the city, how challenging it can be, etc. Well, I am aware of how hard it has been for the people who have tried and succeeded and I had wanted to write about our fair share of this hardship. Ah, but I guess we’re just lucky.
Lucky to be related to the right people, that is.
So about two weeks ago, my uncle gave me the e-mail address of the guy who owns a unit next door to them. He has been living with his girlfriend at her own place for a few months now and decided to rent his place out. Immediately, I sent him an e-mail, introduced myself and told him we’ve been looking for a place we could move in to this summer with our two cats and how we would like to see the apartment and left my mobile number so he could call me.
And he did.
He agreed to meet with us on a Sunday. It was right after our trip to Copenhagen (yes, the one that had gone wrong in a lot of ways). We checked out the place, it was nice. Smaller than the one we have now by one whole bedroom but it’s about the size we were going for anyway. A few things still need to be done like the flooring (because we’ve just had it with carpets), the walls (our cats seem to have a problem with wallpaper because they keep scratching at it until it’s all gone), and some finishing touches. But it’s one we could imagine ourselves living in. Lastly, the price is alright and we could move in as early as mid of June (given that everything they wanted to have fixed is, well, fixed)!
As of now, we’re only exchanging e-mails with the owner as we are still completing our requirements and they are still finishing the contract and fixing the place up but it’s pretty much ours already and we are very excited!
It’s also next door to my aunt’s and they seem pretty excited for us, as well. A little too excited, actually. But, hey, I’m not complaining! I’m very thankful to them for hooking us up and we’ll just have to see how being neighbours with family will turn out. 😉 Where we live right now, there are probably not even any other Filipino people in a 100km radius, let alone family, so maybe we can use it to our advantage as well like, say, having them feed the cats while we’re away? In return, we’ll water their plants. LOL
To everyone still looking for a place to move in to, just be patient, I guess? I know I wanted to share the realities of moving into the big city and I refuse to accept that our reality is the only reality there is. I’m sorry I can’t be more of a source of a success story we all wanted to hear but it’s tough out there and we had no reason to look away from this one. Oh, but I’m sure we will face a few more challenges in this series of adventures in moving to Berlin that I can share with all of you.