Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cari Rumah! (House Hunting!)

Welcome to paradise! Or Mexico city. I might have made a booboo and booked our first hotel in the armpit of Bali - Denpasar. In my defense, our main priority was that the hotel had a gym and we didn't have many options! This wasn't exactly the "peaceful island living" we had hoped for - but we made it work :) Kurt, being the great sport that he is, held my hand in the chaos that is Denpasar.
We have a video to show you how ridiculous the street was infront of our hotel. Thanks to Kurt for risking his life aimlessly for the purpose of your entertainment.



We booked our hotel for 7 nights with the mad notion that we would be able to move across the world, find potential housing, look at them all and rent one out. Well, turns out we aren't that crazy! We have officially moved into a place! After living out of a suitcase for almost two months now, i am so happy to have a place to call home. Lucky for me, it just happens to be in paradise :)

Now, just because we were able to rent a house in one week does not mean that it was a piece of cake. It was actually the biggest pain in the ass i've ever experienced! We found a very patient Balinese driver to drive us down every single gang (street) in southern Bali. You see, renting a house here isn't as easy as jumping on Craigstlist and making a few calls. You literally have to drive down every road and look for these chicken-scratch signs that might as well be freeway markers in Vancouver, B.C! (For those of you who havent experienced the poor signage in Vancouver - the Canadians apparently have superior eye sight to those across the border.

We explored Nusa Dua, Canggu, Seminyak, Denpasar, Uluwatu, Bukit, Umalas and landed in Petitenget (Puh - Tee - Tung - Et). Unfortunately for Kurt, the area we settled in is the hardest to pronounce. We have decided to just call it P Town. The battle between "small, expensive housing in an awesome area" and "too big of a house for two people but damn it's cool to live like a King" began. I remember sitting in the car with Kurt and he was muttering "location, location, location" to himself as he debated which was more important. We decided that location trumps. We now live in the heart of the action where we can walk to anything and everything you could ever want. I am close to a CrossFit box and Kurt is down the street from the beach - a great compromise.

Below is a photo of us with some of our money we paid to our landlord! Kurt loves to say "im just going to pull out a couple mil (one mil is $100) when we stop at the ATM. My little millionaire.

(EXCITED TO BE RUPIAH MILLIONAIRES FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES)

Here are some photos from the move! The house came furnished but lucky for us, our landlord happens to own some hostels and a hotel and had some "extra" stuff we could borrow!

(OUR FURNITURE BEING DROPPED OFF BY OUR LANDLORD'S HELPERS)

(OUR KITCHEN - WE HAVE YET TO COOK IN HERE YET!)

(EXHAUSTED FROM MANY, MANY HOURS OF SEARCHING FOR A HOUSE)

(OUR LIVING ROOM)


We feel like we are almost settled with a few things left to sort out. We do not have internet at home yet (much more complicated than calling Comcast - if that is even possible) and we need to find a good water delivery service so that we can have drinking water at home :)

But it is 11AM in paradise, and that means it is time to hit the beach!

All my love,

Stel

6 comments:

  1. What an adventure! The house looks lovely, I'm sure Kurt will be cooking you breakfast before you know it! LOL! Can't wait to see it in person! Love you guys so much! LM

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  2. Hi MeMaw!
    We cant wait for you to come see it for yourself! Excited to have you and PopPop zooming around on scooters!
    Love,
    K&E

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  3. Awesome house ! How do you carry around all that money !!!! See you soon
    Pat

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  4. Dont worry Pat, we'll give you an 80's fanny pack to carry around all your cash when you're here ;)

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  5. Your house looks amazing! Pat would look great with a fanny pack :)

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  6. Natalie - You better believe that we will take plenty of pictures of Pat rocking that fanny pack ;) !

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