Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Home Is Where the Heart Is.

It's almost exactly a year since I came to Italy having followed my heart. And it was then that Luca had met with Paolo and discussed subletting his apartment for one year has he headed off to England. So as a year approached, Paolo returned and was ready to move back into his home, and so we were on the apartment hunt. 
It wasn't as easy as we had hoped, and I would say that there is an apartment crisis in Bologna. Since there are so many students and living in the city is in demand, there are too many apartments that are in terrible condition at a ridiculously high price. These apartments are purposely kept in poor condition since they know students will rent them anyway and will probably cause damage. 
Where we were for the past year was actually owned by the Vatican and so we were technically paying our rent to the Arch Diocese of so and so of somewhere. This meant that we paying very low rent and was a great way to save some money for year, but also meant that we used to not paying very much for a relatively large space in a great location in the city center. 

After a month of looking we found our new home  just a few streets down. It's a little smaller than our place before, however it has two spectacular views of the hills of Bologna and has recently been renovated and we were spared that horrible 1960's decor that still common today in Italy. 
The apartment wasn't furnished and so we too many trips to Ikea trying to buy nice enough, but cheap enough furniture that hopefully we can sell in the future. It's so nice to be in a place that's actually ours, not subletting, with our own things. 

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