We wanted to wait a while to post about our new place because we've been in the process of settling in, and frankly, it's been a mess! We aren't completely finished but we can't keep stringing you along forever, so without further ado...
Part 1: Target Acquired
We arrived in Thailand on the 31st of July (wow, how time flies!), stumbling into our hotel room at 4 a.m. with a three night reservation and no active leads on longer-term lodging. Five hours later (sleep taking priority upon arrival), the hunt began.
Michelle's school had kindly put us in touch with a realtor to help our search. Unfortunately he was in the process of retiring, so instead we turned to the world's most reliable online rental market: Craigslist. Day 1 was spent finding and setting up meetings with property agents, and at the end of Day 2 we had selected our new home. The paperwork was delayed for the weekend, so on Days 3 and 4 we shopped for furniture. On Day 5, we moved in!
Part 2: Moving In
We selected a little two-bedroom condo in the heart of Bangna, one of Bangkok's main districts. Most of our 530 sqft space is the living/dining room combination, which sports the traditional sofa/tv/dinner table set. But it is also home to our oven, since homes in Thailand don't normally include them in the kitchen, the refrigerator, the washer, and the auxiliary wardrobe. Except for major appliances, most of the furniture is from our friendly neighborhood Ikea.
Both bedrooms and the living room feature a wall-size window, which was a major selling point after too many years in dimly lit apartments. The room you see to the right in the picture above is being converted into Paul's home office, which he outfitted with a fully realized standing desk vision. The master bedroom is to the left of the living room (behind wall with the television).
And tucked away in the corner of the living room is our kitchen. It is undoubtedly the smallest kitchen we've used to date, and only boasts two burners and a microwave as its means of actually cooking food. We suspect kitchens are used less here because of the abundance of convenient and cheap street food, but we're not letting its size slow us down!
We truly couldn't have asked for a better first apartment! We hope some of you get to see it in person. The couch is fair game for anyone adventurous enough to visit :).