Wednesday, July 23, 2008

h o m e

yay! i'm so happy to be back home after my lengthy travels. I returned home to unreasonably beautiful, warm weather (75 degrees in the *wintertime*!) and enormous protests in the streets about tuesday's senate vote on farm taxes (mike got sent home early from work on account of 250,000 people protesting in the streets near his office in Palermo). And we have a *new* home! the story is that our beloved friends Eamon and Lucy used to live in this apartment, but they left Buenos Aires to go back to England (and sometimes Wales) so we got to take over their sweet apartment! We always loved this place, and we are so lucky that now we get to live in it!

Let me give a little tour of our new apartment: it's located on Ravignani, between Cabrera and Niceto Vega, in the cool neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood (stop by for a visit!). It's called "hollywood" because all our neighbors are TV and film studios. Our building is an old PH, which stands for propriedad horizontal, basically it means that it's a big house that has a small facade on the street but reaches way way back, usually PH's are divided into several different apartments, one behind another, each one accessed via a long passageway that runs from front to back.


When you enter our apartment from the passageway, you're inside of a giant jungle! we have this sunroom / indoor patio / dining-room with a glass roof and plants climbing the walls all around. What a beautiful space!


behind the dining-room is our little kitchen, it's kind of small but it's cute and it works fine.


On the left of the dining-room, two doors open into the livingroom, a huge loft space with really high brick ceiling (like, 20 feet high?) and a cozy collection of couches and a piano and a guitar and a ping-pong table!! (we usually keep the ping-pong table folded up in the corner when we're not playing.)


The downstairs bathroom is painted all over in these crazy colored squares which i totally love.


Upstairs (watch your head going up, you have to duck to get upstairs!) is another bathroom and our beautiful bedroom, which has glass-paned doors opening out to the upstairs terrace! The bedroom is so bright and sunny and white, and the down comforter is so fluffy, I always feel like I'm floating in the heavens atop a cloud when I wake up in the morning.


The terraza is covered in plants, it's got honeysuckle and jasmine and ivy climbing all around, and a vine-covered trellis overhead for shade in the summer. we're lucky enough to have a hammock for relaxing among the vines, a little table with lots of chairs, two barbecues, and an outdoor shower out there!! The terrace is totally surrounded by vines and high white walls and blue sky, so it feels totally idyllic and private. Mike just bought a movie projector so we'll be able to have outdoor movie screenings on those high white walls in the springtime!!



So, in all, this place is really fun. I want to take more pictures as we get more unpacked/moved-in/cleaned up. I sound like a real estate agent but it's just because i'm excited to be in a beautiful new/old apartment, and (although we're renting, obviously), its' nice to feel like i have a home, and to feel like I could really stay here happily for a while and make myself comfortable. On the other hand, this place definitely has some drawbacks; it's impossible to really heat it in the cold weather, and it's generally leaky and humid and a bit moldy. It's just old, and there's always a lot of dust and bits drifting down from the slowly-disintegrating ceiling and walls. But whatevs. Right now I'm totally in my honeymoon with my new apartment and everytime I come home i'm like "wow, this place is so beautiful and I live here!"
Stay tuned for upcoming posts about all the neat stuff in our posh new neighborhood, such as El Galpon organic cooperative farmer's market!

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