Our landlord is very strict and gave us specific instructions not to move anything around or change much in the apartment. After moving in we reorganised some furniture and decorations to appeal more to a “Western Eye”. We made sure not to damage anything and since we are paying to live here, we should be able to make some small adjustments if we want to, right? It is surprising how strict they first came across, but now are nowhere to be seen when we need some pretty urgent things done.
The mirror in our bathroom fell (fortunately it didn’t break), there is mold forming on the spare room wall (the room we want to make into a nursery), we need curtains rails installed, and we have tons of books and other junk belonging to the landlords that we really don’t need and don’t have space for now that we are having a baby. Despite our pleas for them to come and assist us, they seem completely uninterested. So, with only about two more months until baby joins us, we decided to take matters into our own hands. Perhaps later they will be angry, but what can we do? – time is running out, and we need to get things sorted.
Justin hard at work!
We packed up all their books, ornaments, and odds and ends and put them into boxes. Right now those are standing on the balcony and we keep trying to convince them to come and take them. Justin says he’s going to tell them he will get rid of them if they don’t come get the stuff… That should be interesting! The next step was to empty the spare room, move a huge cupboard, and sand the mold from the walls. This took Justin some time to do since we don’t have a sander, so he had to do it by hand. I was not allowed near the room, for obvious reasons, so he slaved away, sanding and then washing the walls according to instructions he had found online.
Next we have to find someone to come help us put up a curtain rail – haha, and we need to find a curtain rail! That’s the thing about living as an expat, especially in a country where you don’t speak the local language. It literally feels like you know nothing, and doing just the simplest of tasks requires maximum effort! To make matters worse, when our landlord has comes to help us once in the past – to fix the bathroom basin – he tried to do it himself and just made an absolute mess of it. He ended up using cellotape to keep the pipe in place under the basin. How it hasn’t fallen yet, I have no idea… but just in case it does fall, thereby leaking water everywhere, we are unable to use that whole storage cupboard. Thanks dude – our apartment already had so little packing space! This guy is absolutely useless at fixing things, yet he insists on doing it himself. I guess that is why we were even more frustrated waiting for him to get back to us since we knew he wouldn’t just get someone to come fix the issues – he would try to rectify them himself!
Hopefully we will have curtains up within the next week or two so that we can put the baby furniture into the room and start to decorate. The room that we are going to use for the “nursery” is really not a room at all. It is a study right now, but it will be more than enough for baby and he will only start using it on a daily basis once Catherine goes back to work after her maternity leave. It’s a pity that our landlord is being so unresponsive/ unhelpful, but we can’t wait any longer. It’s time to take matters into our own hands!