Apartment Hunting (episode 4 – A Happy Ending)

29 Sep

After weeks of searching, cold calling landlords, and visiting like crazy, the apartment search is finally drawing to an end (for the second time)!

Apartments lost in translation…

It’s certainly helpful to have someone to help you deal with the language barrier, but having too many intermediaries can also lead to confusion.  The effect is something like playing telephone.  On your end everything is ok, but on the landlord’s end it’s a totally different story.  I guess you could say this is something like what happened with the first apartment we thought we had found.

You cannot have a fairy tale ending without out at least one villain and a few setbacks, right?  In our case, it came in the form of a shady real-estate agent, a nasty landlord, and their sneaky decision to break a rental contract behind our back.  It ended with the first seemingly perfect apartment getting rented right out from under us.

So, a little over ten days ago the apartment search started all over again!  We had to deal once again with landlords that would literally hang up on us the minute we said we had a pet.  Actually, having a dog or cat just about amounts to having the pest when apartment searching here.

The language barrier was also definitely still a problem.  Although I have progressed from no German at all to what we could call baby German, this is just not enough to impress.  In this situation you inevitably have to involve some kind of go-between if only to translate in the beginning.  At the same time, when you are dealing with kind landlords and fairy godmothers you can be more trusting and this is less of a problem.

In the end, it turned out that good apartments do come to those who just keep looking!  And so the apartment search saga has officially come to a happy end.

The Apartment Search Saga:

Episode 1: My Cat is a Globetrotter

Episode 2: I’m leaving and I’m taking the kitchen with me

Episode 3: Get Your Paint Brushes Ready

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3 Responses to “Apartment Hunting (episode 4 – A Happy Ending)”

  1. Karl September 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    As the English Bard said : “All’s well that ends well”.

    Now with the Winter coming, stay in that apartment and do not go out into the woods : you might get lost, like Hansel and Gretel did……. better to stay warm and dry, and stay out of mud …..

    • bavariaundercover September 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

      The good ‘ole English Bard huh? the ‘stay warm and dry, and stay out of mud also takes me back.’ If only I could be 6 again, life was just so simple then.

  2. E. October 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Oh Come on !!! I want some more details !!! How is the new place ?? How did you find it ?? Is the landlord a catlover ???

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