As I write this, I’m sitting on the floor in our empty flat…ready to move to our new flat!
It wasn’t something that I expected to be writing about this week, it wasn’t something I expected to be writing about until about November! But, here’s why:
Our friends are moving out of their flat and said they could put us in touch with the landlord and we could have it… and move in in 8 days time!
The thing is that it was a big decision for us as we love our flat, except for the noise! Our flat faces onto one of the most busy roads in Santiago, meaning it is never quiet. In winter, it’s ok. You can hear the cars all the time but the problem is in the summer when it is 36 degrees and there is always the dilemma between opening the windows during the night and having air, or closing them and boiling in your sleep! So, we decided that we would move for next summer. Until we got this offer of course.
The night we decided to move, when we discussed all of the pros and cons, Carlos said to me that our current flat is for the “settling in” period. He couldn’t have been more right. That flat is where we started our years in Chile together. It is a special flat because:
It was our first home as a married couple
We’d lived together for three and a half years before getting married but this was our first home after getting married.
Our first home where we began our lives in Chile
It was the home where we got our new jobs and both started them the month we moved. It was where the Chilean adventure began.
The home we welcomed lots of visitors to.
We were very lucky to have so many visitors in our 16 months in the flat. It’s always great to have people from home visit (we had 4), people who were about to move house and crashed with us for a bit (5) and people just passing by (2)
The home where we bought furniture for the first time
The majority of rented flats in the UK come furnished, meaning you might buy a few bits and bobs for your flat but the majority isn’t your choice. In contrast, flats in Chile generally come unfurnished meaning you have to buy everything – expensive but also fun! It means you really get to choose the style of where you live. Which also means we are moving with all of our furniture so it should feel like home straight away!The table Carlos and I made will be with us in the new flat…
The flat where I fell in love with the view.
If you have followed me for anytime at all on this blog or my Instagram, you’ll know that our flat had the most amazing views of both the mountains and sunsets! That’s something I will miss so much and something that actually wanted to stop me moving! I mean, those views will stay with me forever. However, our new flat still has a pretty amazing mountain view 😉
The flat where I got to walk to work
It couldn’t really get any better than a fifteen minute walk to work. It was especially welcome as I start work at 7.20am meaning the early morning wake up call was that little bit easier! I’ll still be able to walk to work from the new flat but it will be a little bit further.
What are we looking forward to in the new flat?
The fact that we can open our windows and not hear noise. And, we can use our balcony to sit out on, host bbqs and generally enjoy it.
The flat has a beautiful garden and pool that’s shared with all of the other flats and will be perfect for summer.
Having a dining table
We currently have a breakfast bar so I am really looking forward to owning a dining room table as we sit down to eat dinner together every night. It will also be great to have friends round and use the table.
The next step
The next step is always exciting as you don’t know what is in store for you!
Which homes do you hold close to your heart?
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