Sunday, January 15, 2012
Moving Day, Skopje, Macedonia: January 15, 2012
Today we checked out of our very pleasant hotel (Villa Vodnos), returned Kali to her carrier, crammed our luggage into a taxi, and Alex drove us in his car to our new home. These photos were taken a few days after we were unpacked and settled.
The apartment, while small, is very well laid out. We have a small terrace accessible from both our bedroom and the living room. The terrace has lots of pots in which we will plant flowers when the temperatures become milder.
The apartment has lots of built in closets, shelving, and a kitchen pantry. We’ve been able to store our suitcases, except Kali’s scratching suitcase, out of sight. Kali has her own room also known as the guest room. It has two twin beds and an office desk and chair. Kali spends most of her day on the window sill rousing herself only for the occasional visit from a pigeon or her 5:00 p.m. dinner time.
The kitchen is not huge, but it is adequate. There is a small dishwasher, the stove/oven and a toaster. It came furnished with some dishes, glasses, and pots and pans.
Unlike our internet in California, the internet service here is really fast. We have satellite TV with American and English TV programs subtitled in either Hungarian, Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, or Macedonian. We are enjoying TV programs like Monk (we’ve never seen it before), National Geographic, Nature, and movie stations. We also get the usual BBC, sports, and CNN.
We love the location: 1 block from the pedestrian street with lots of restaurants and cafes, 1/2 block from Ramstore grocery, 1/2 block from the green market, 4 blocks from Dan’s new office (when he gets it).
When the sky is not full of clouds, overcast, or foggy, we have a great view of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. They float above the buildings and are more beautiful than these photos show.
Our address is Mito Hadzivasilev - Jasmin no. 22/10 - 28, Skopje, Macedonia. Number 22 is the property address, number 10 is the building number, and number 28 is our apartment number.
A few days after moving in Dan and I, our realtor, and the landlady walked to the nearby police station so our residency could be registered with the local municipality. I think it is a good way for the government to make sure that rents are tracked although no one asked us how much rent we will pay to the landlady each month. Our realtor was surprised that there is no similar address registration required in the US for visitors. Now we have resident cards that must be carried with us.