Apartment Hunting

One of the first questions many people ask when we tell them we are moving to Germany is, “Have you thought about going on House Hunters International?” The answer is yes. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a pretty big fan of HGTV, even if it makes me sound old. The problem is (warning: spoiler alert) the casting call for the show asks for people who have already found a residence abroad, which kind of defeats the whole premise, and, from what I could tell, they didn’t offer any type of compensation, only HGTV stardom.

Well, this week we searched for apartments, and we didn’t even need HGTV to do it. Luckily for us, Craig’s company connected us with a brilliant relocation specialist, Birgit, and she was our tour guide/translator/real-estate expert for the search. We may not have had a camera crew, but I did bring my digital camera to document the process. Unfortunately for you, this Rebecca Markovitz is not as talented as the esteemed photographer Rebecca Markovitz, but just a girl with a digital camera who will not make a living off of it any time soon (the latter is my new cousin). So, my pictures may not be fantastic, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of the search process in a pseudo house hunters international style. Enjoy!

#1 Cramped Keller (Cellar)

  • 127 sq. meters (1367 sq. ft)
  • 3 bedroom
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Balcony
  • Dedicated outdoor parking spot
  • Floor heating

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Cell phone

As you may have noticed, my “count-down to Leipzig” expired a few days ago, meaning I finally made it! I’ve been in Leipzig for the past 3 days. I arrived on Sunday morning, exhausted from my 3-legged flight. I don’t remember much from the day, only that I struggled to keep my eyes open past 5 pm local time. I’m told that we toured regions of the city where we would be looking for housing, but I honestly don’t remember much. I have an incredibly difficult time trying to sleep on international flights, which makes no sense because I normally conk-out on a 2 hour flight with no problem. Fortunately, I’ll have many flights to perfect my sleeping technique, we can only hope.

On Monday my dear husband had to spend the day at work, so I was tasked with a few items to help him get situated in the city. My main task was to find him a cell phone – or rather a local sim card with international calling to use in his current phone so he can make calls in Germany and to the US. I gladly accepted the challenge and made it my day’s goal.

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