And so we officially have a permanent address in Aarhus. Here are those pictures I promised. (Click through to see them full sized.) It’s still empty at the moment. Our things are set to arrive on Tuesday, and then we finally get to settle in.
Some facts for those who our interested:
– We’re in a street level apartment, which is actually set a little above street level so people can’t look in your windows. Americans would call this the first floor, but in Aarhus it’s actually floor 0.
– There are only 5 other apartments in our building, and all of them but one have only one tenant in them. Which means that we live in an abnormally small building. We are super excited about this. Some of these apartment buildings are huge and feel more like dorms. It also crowds the basement and shared space.
– There’s covered bike parking in the basement, which is awesome. Lots of people here leave their bikes outside all the time, but then they can get rusty or stolen. So we’re glad to have indoor parking available.
– There’s shared laundry in the basement, which I guess isn’t ideal but if you’ll refer to points #1 and #2 above you’ll see why it’s not that bad. Also, the laundry is free!
– There’s a lockable storage space for each apartment in the basement. So if we brought too much stuff, we have somewhere to put it.
– Every 2.5 months it will be our turn to clean the stairs, cut the lawn, and shovel the snow out front. This is pretty typical in Danish apartment buildings as a way to keep the shared space clean and share the work across all tenants.
– We love our new landlords. They’re very nice people, and one of them used to live in the apartment herself.
We got super lucky with this place. Somehow, it found us at the very last minute and everything all worked out. Maybe it was “the secret”…