Out of the blue, Miss Lien said they had found a place for me and already arranged for me to go look at it. (This is just one example of many in which I am heavily babied by VN people--they like to take care of me). The place was literally across the street from my current residence, so I immediately gave it a +1. I saw 2 rooms--one of the first floor and one on the third floor. Both were the same but I gave the first floor room a -2 because it was dark and had no view and it smelled like museum specimens. Upon entering the room on the third floor, I fell in love immediately. It was so bright and cheerful and had an even nicer bathroom than the one at my old place (+1), microwave (+1), and a spectacular view of HCMC (+1). Although the room did not have a kitchen, it has a nice kitchen on the first floor for the whole apartment to use (+1). And how can I forget to mention that it is only 6 million dong (~$300) a month (+1). I was sold. The only negative things I can think of about it is that the building is on top of a Loteria (disgusting fast food place) and even though I say it is on the 3rd floor, it is really on the 5th because of the way the building is set up so it is quite a hike up the stairs--I'll make do. I signed the contract the next day and they were ready for me to move in immediately. I couldn't believe how easy it was. Reason #123902 to havev Vietnamese friends in Vietnam.
Soo, now that I have babbled on and on, I guess I could show you some pictures:
So you have probably noticed the posters and maps. If anybody knows me they know I am obsessed with animals and obsessed with maps so I couldn't resist these when I saw them for about 50 cents a piece at the supermarket.
|proudly admitting that my room resembles a 2nd grade classroom|
|eeee giant bath tub|
|good morning, vietnam!!!!!|
I have to say, that even though 10 months seems like an awfully long time, it is moving rather quickly. I have already been here for 2 months and I can only think that things are going to start moving even more rapidly. I am leaving for my first field trip on Friday and will be gone for about a week. SOOO excited but also SOOO nervous. So I have that to look forward too and to help me from feeling down and out. Miss everyone from home. And I really mean that.