Monday was a big day for me, my first doctor appointment here, a trip to the cell phone store, moving into our apartment, trying to join a gym, and a trip to the international grocery store. Each of these events, mundane as they sound, was a huge deal for me as they will all have a pretty big impact of my quality of life here.
Arguably, Chris’ apartment selection is the most important component. The doctor is important as well, but there is more than one doctor in Chennai and we are pretty well committed to the apartment short of some catastrophe.
I was, understandably, a little bit apprehensive with Chris picking our apartment with no input from me. He did not even take pictures of any of the apartments that he saw to show me. During his last trip to India, he called home one day and said “I looked at several apartments today and picked one.”
Um, ok, I hope it is a good one!
I kept asking him to compare it to things, but he was pretty tight lipped about it. He said that it was big, nearly 2000 sq. ft., that it had minimalist furniture, a big kitchen, three bedrooms, and three bathrooms. That was all I knew.
Was minimalist furniture a code word for very little furniture? For dorm room-esque furniture? Was the kitchen big because it was part of a bedroom or something? What was the catch? And why wasn’t he showing me any pictures?
I decided that I had no choice but to trust him.
A few years back I selected an awful apartment for us in Upstate New York based on pictures from the internet. It was bad. Really bad. If he picked a dud, I couldn’t really complain because after my mistake he did not even complain about sleeping on an air mattress for months or watching our TV with rabbit ears propped up on our cooler from collapsible camping chairs.
I am happy to report that Chris picked an awesome apartment!
The big kitchen does leave something to be desired, an oven, and it doesn’t really make the best use of space, but I can’t complain. After all, I was expecting something reminiscent of our Upstate New York apartment.
So there you have it, home for the next 5 months!