I met with the 2 agents to view 4 apartments on Thursday... and selected one...now we need to wait to see if the landlord will accept the offer to rent. I've asked for a few things to be added before we move in, such as built in wardrobes, blackout blinds, a dishwasher, wall mounted TV, landline phone, light fittings. I think that's all. I am taking advice from the agents when asking for all this, not being picky! It's on the 38th floor of a block nearer the hustle and bustle of the city, with stunning harbour views, much better than at present where we have that enormous tower in front of us. It has open plan living/dining, small kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and in addition has a study, a "maids room" and toilet with shower ( for the maid). It is brand new, never been lived in.So anyway there is plenty of room for visitors. Who will be first?
On Friday I took a bus trip over to Ap Lei Chau, a small island across the harbour from Aberdeen. I spent the morning wandering along the waterfront, lovely to be by the sea and see all the fishing boats, small ferries, sampans and junks. In the afternoon, I went to look at furniture in a huge 28 story mall... and met someone I knew! It was the first time this has happened! I heard, "Fancy meeting you here!" and turned round to see one of the agents, with another client! I looked at designer shops full of sofas, beds, tables, chairs till I was confused, then took the bus all the way back and rounded off with a price comparison visit to good old Ikea. Then I treated myself to dinner at our "local" where I was recognised and welcomed by the staff like a long lost friend. It was lovely, made me feel a bit more at home here.
Today I need to go grocery shopping, I'll be trundling my trusty shopping trolley out to get supplies, so much easier than hauling it in a bag. Shopping trollies are very trendy here, not just for pensioners I'll have you know.
Tomorrow I'm meeting a friend to go out to one of the islands for the day and on Monday I'm meeting another friend for coffee. 2 friends already, what a socialite I am becoming! Poor Les is still in China,but he hopes to get back in a week or two.