We moved! We bought and moved to a bigger apartment. Still in the same city, just 3 minutes walk away from the previous flat. It’s in a 70s building with a balcony that goes around the whole flat – the kitchen, living room, study room and bedroom. More than twice the size of the previous flat.
My first glimpse of the flat – rays of sunlight passing through the full length sliding windows into the living room, brightening up the whole space, highlighting the modernly equipped open-concept kitchen – made the decision for me. Oh, the kitchen is my favourite room – a minimalist, spacious kitchen island integrated with an induction cooktop. Heaven! After 6 years of making-do in teeny, weeny badly equipped kitchens of rented apartments in both Hong Kong and France, we finally have a proper kitchen. Together with the proper microwave and the oven left by the previous owners, Silviu and I can now indulge in whipping up a feast.
The other decisive factor was the balcony. It’s spacious enough for us to place an outdoor dining set. We don’t use it too often though – bit chilly in the earlier part of the year, and now it’s too hot. But when we do get the chance, it’s a nice, cosy spot.
First stay-over guests
We received our first set of stay over guests, finally after 2 years in France. Ionel and Mirela from Sibiu, Silviu’s childhood friends, came to visit us for a week. On the weekend, we rented a car for the weekend and explored this region, and Claude Monet’s Garden in Normandy.