I'm sorry for yet another blogging hiatus, but I've got absolutely awesome news - as of now, I'm officially a citizen of the lovely town of Amsterdam! I have a room with its own bathroom and kitchen, which just about equals the Holy Grail of Student Housing here, and after I'd signed the contract on Thursday, me and my mum immediately started working to make the grim, grease-stained room into a liveable environment. This is how the room looked when I first entered it:
Pretty huge! And a view that's absolutely unique in Amsterdam. But also, which you can't really tell from the pictures, GROSS. On the right wall, there was a big brown stain, about two metres long; two other huge stains were right about where the bed might've been (I'm guessing someones greasy hair made them over time? Ew.), and the kitchen was splattered with months-old baking grease. We kept finding droplets of fat everywhere - a good-bye present from the previous owner? - and we spent a whole day trying to cover up the stains with white paint.
After all the stains were covered up and the grease splatters were all removed, it was time for a trip to IKEA. We bought so much stuff, I still have no idea how we all got it inside the car.
Then the walls were painted pink, and I was given the tedious task of trying to comprehend IKEA manuals...