It ain’t over ’til it’s over / And my world shuts down / But this comes close, I’ll have you know / It’s just a matter of time
(UNFORGIVABLE by ARMIN VAN BUUREN)
Today was crap. Then again, most days are crap since builders started renovating our entire apartment building – with everybody still living in it. If you call that living, you probably haven’t gone through something similar in your life. For me it’s worse than for most people cause I work from home. That said, add a chronic illness and a two-year-old baby boy and you’ve got your nightmare. The constant noise, which is also partly due to the age of the building (the walls and floors are about as soundproof as paper), is the main reason we are searching for a new apartment. Again. We only moved in there two years ago, directly after my wife gave birth to our son.
Finding an apartment which supports le wife, le son and le sick homeworker (who can now add a serious hatred of noise to his list of complaints) is no mean feat. While the financial crisis implies that property prices have gone through the floor, in our area rents have been rising constantly ever since we were blessed with the Euro. Ten years ago, 50€ were worth about 100DM (Deutschmark) and a one-room apartment in the city, including running costs, would have set you back about 450DM . Today it’s 450€ – excluding electricity, phone, internet, parking lot or whatever else you wanna have in your luxurious life. For us, it means we can either move more than 70km aways from where we have lived our entire lives, away from our friends, family and (for my wife) work to a Black Forest village, or.. yeah, we are kind of out of options. Let’s see.
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