Finally – we have internet at home. It has only taken 5 days!! 5 days with no internet and television, really is challenging! I cannot tell you how many times I thought ‘oh, I will just google that’ and then realised I couldn’t. Not being able to update family and friends in the UK was annoying. And then not being able to watch TV in the evenings was so frustrating, we have missed a ton of our favourite shows and won’t have a clue what’s going on when we watch them again. It’s the trivial things that get us down, sigh*.
Moves are rarely fun and stress-less. Ours was no different. It wasn’t a move we wanted, we had been happy in our home for two years, until our landlord forced us out. We had ten days to find a new apartment in Dubai. Soon into our frantic search we realised, we would end up paying a lot more for an apartment that was not as good. Prices had increased and landlords had become even more demanding.
We had been living in a lovely, quiet complex in Downtown, Dubai. It was perfect for what we wanted, it ticked all of our boxes. Beautiful pool, dog friendly, picturesque, low height buildings, quiet, gym, prime location, amazing view, friendly residents and we lived in a lovely apartment. Finding something close to this was going to be difficult.
The closer to our ‘move out’ date, the harder it became. We were getting desperate and needed to lower our expectations. After an incredibly stressful few days dealing with incompetent agents we just needed to get any apartment.
We ended up signing a lease on the day we needed to move out. The apartment was in a tall tower, something we really didn’t want. The buildings facilities are a million miles from what we had and our view now looks on to another tall and rather ugly tower. Our apartment is smaller and really lacks storage.
The day we moved in we noticed the landlord hadn’t moved his belongings out. He had left the country for two years, four months ago, and hadn’t done anything at all with the apartment. So, we opened the fridge to rotten meat and a foul stench. The freezer was even worse with water and mould and rotten food. The wardrobes and drawers were full of clothes. Snotty tissues under his pillow cases. Dirty bathroom. It was beyond disgusting.
We could not even begin to unpack until we packed up the landlords stuff and cleaned. Like REALLY cleaned. For two days the apartment stank of disinfectant and bleach. We spent hours, going through every cupboard, drawer and wardrobe and packing up everything that didn’t belong to us. Ornaments, crockery, cutlery, bedding, towels… everything. It was an incredibly awful experience, going through a strangers personal possessions and packing them for him. The next day, people came to take his stuff, allowing us to fully clean and unpack. We are now slowly making it home!
Nothing worked when we moved in, and we are still trying to figure things out and fix things. Whenever I turn on the dryer, the fuse trips, so currently clothes are taking two days to dry on the balcony, as our apartment gets no sun.
Florence is very scared and hasn’t yet warmed to the new apartment. She doesn’t mind the lounge or bedroom, but the kitchen, bathroom and balcony are very much, no go areas! We bought her a couple of new toys and treats and I am sure, after a month or so, she will feel at home here. Hopefully we all will !!!
So, enough with the negativity, we have a home!! For a while, we thought we wouldn’t !