Phase two is complete!
Phase two of BLIMP went without incident this morning you’ll be glad to read. I have now moved from the temporary accomodation in the department into the hostel. This was arranged with the University before I arrived and the hostel mainly houses employees of the neighbouring hospital. I was aware that the hostel would be basic in its facilities and as its just for the short term I’m happy with staying there. But one thing made me laugh and to be perfectly honest, slightly shocked me about my studio apartment.
I spent some time before my move searching for apartments to rent in Basel to get a feel for the market and to see what’s available. Very quickly I realised the market is wide open here with plenty to choose from in various regions and price ranges. The thing that struck me however was the photos that came with each advertisement. Roughly 75% of the apartments I looked at had a photo of the bathroom included! Often this was the only photo attached? I surmised that Swiss people put bathrooms high up the list of rooms they want to see. Personally I’d rather see the bedroom, living room or kitchen as thats where I’d spend most of my time? Anyway, each to their own!
I now realise why photos of the bathrooms are included. To prove that your kitchen isn’t in the same room! This ladies and gentlemen is my combined bathroom and kitchen!
Personally I’m not too worried but I thought there would be Helath and Saftey laws against this? I can understand a kitchen and bedroom together but not a kitchen/bathroom combo. I must say though, the design of the kitchen is quite clever and they manage to pack quite a lot into a very small space. Good design deserves credit in my opinion! The living room contains my bed, a desk, a set of drawers, a wardrobe and two large windows out onto the street below which is good.
So, this weekend will be spent setting the place up, unpacking my bags, stocking the fridge and maybe fitting in a bit of sightseeing. Tonight Munster play in the Magners rugby league against Cardiff so going to Paddy Reillys to watch the game. Tomorrow Ireland play Germany in the Euro 2008 qualifiers and so might have to find myslef in the pub for that one too. Its not easy but someone over here has to support them! Although I get the feeling I may be outnumbered slightly. Have a good weekend and I’ll post again on Monday!