I had a really good first night in T or C! It was quiet, the apartment was reasonably dark, and the bed, while very firm, wasn’t hard (and I always thought those two things were synonymous). I’m having a late start today, but I am going to get typing because I am SWAMPED. But first, I thought y’all might like a tour of my place.
You come into the kitchen/dining/living room. The arm chair and ottoman are super comfy and what I wish I had on Isla! The table is good for working, the folding chairs not so much.
Between the armchair and the kitchen, you can see a gas heater. I started it last night. It took a bit of effort and I didn’t feel comfortable leaving it on overnight. I think that the owner of the property would have done better buying two oil filled radiators, one for each room, but this did a good job of heating the place before bed.
To our right is the bedroom.
The bedroom is almost the size of the other room. If I was living here long-term, I could easily separate it into a small bedroom and a small office.
I had to hang one of my own blankets from two conveniently placed nails over the stained glass window because it allowed in a surprising amount of light.
The kitchen is very clean. I came in and felt I could start cooking and using the utensils without having to wash anything, which is a very big compliment on my part! The kitchen has most of the basics, but, like my Isla kitchen, is lacking a sharp knife!
And from the kitchen, we get to the, “Okay, that’s going to be interesting,” part of the apartment, to quote Cameron Diaz in ‘The Holiday’ when faced with a similar situation.
Can you see the shower head at the top left? It’s a wet room. And there’s no sink; you brush your teeth in the kitchen.
The shower had a lot of calcium build up over the shut off valve handles (not taps) and I had to figure out that I needed to open a main shut off before I could open the hot and cold handles. It then took a while to get hot water, but once I did, there was tons of pressure!
I don’t know if I could get used to this kind of bathroom long-term since the floor gets wet after the shower, obviously. I shower at night and the floor had time to dry by the morning so it wasn’t too bad, but this isn’t really a set up for morning showerers, although I suppose a squeegee could get most of the water into the drain, and then a towel could get the rest.
I would have also added a second shower curtain to block off the toilet. I had put some things on the closed seat and they got sprayed (as I said, LOTS of pressure!). I’ll figure out a routine. 🙂
Finally, there is a little terrace, but the space has not been maintained. There is a defunct hot tub out there, showing that this could be a very sweet bit of outdoor space if it is ever restored.
All in all, I really like this apartment. I don’t know if I could live here long-term, but it is going to be a blessing for the week!
My only real complaint with the space is that the front door is really not that secure. The owner really needs to invest in a better door and lock. But perhaps this is a neighbourhood where there aren’t too many crime concerns. I really don’t know.
T or C seems very quiet so far and a little desolate. Some folks might be wondering why I chose to be here since there really isn’t much to do besides the hot springs. That’s the whole point. I’m on a work, not exploration, break, like I was in Pocatello. There is little out there to tempt me! I am going to checkout the ‘downtown’ district and one or two museums soon as I get a handle on my workload, but I’m glad to be somewhere quiet where I can work and not be bothered. I love that the grocery store is literally across the store and I’ll head over in a bit to get some more food. I’m glad I made the effort last night to get a few things so I was able to breakfast without going out.
So that’s the scoop. And now, I must get typing!