if I ever get there that is
OK so I had to get out of the apartment I'm in before 14th July, so for the past month I've been looking for a new apartment as close to the office as possible, not an easy job, as I have to translate nearly everything, and even then there are big hidden costs or the pictures in the adverts are not correct i.e. showing furnished when they aren't.
By the time the agency got back to me sometimes 3 or 4 days later, even after calling them, the apartments were either already rented, or not furnished as per the advert, or they wanted a minimum of a year contract.
So thought I'd have to go further afield basically back into the centre of Antwerp, which I didn't really want as it's quite a long way to the office, I found a few really dodgy Studios for about 450EUR and a few really nice ones at between 900 and 1200 a month - out of my price range!!
I'd given up and told the guys here I would have to give them notice if I couldn't find anything in the next 3 or 4 days. as I had to give them 2 weeks notice, I told my agency about the apartments I'd found the best being the year contracts, and they said no problem we'll cover you for a year, I thought you could have said that at the beginning and saved me a lot of running around.
Any way I went back to one of the best ones I'd found and said I'd take it, and met the letting agency to go over contracts, when I spoke to them I told them I turned them down last time as I couldn't guarantee a year contract and they said that's no problem this one is a minimum 3 month contract, I was going to say - hang on you told me a year, but thought I'd go along with them and got the contact.
Here it is - nice
Don't let this picture fool you it's on a really busy intersection, thank god for double-glazing
As I was almost in the centre of town I thought I'd walk up to the station, about 20 mins but as the whole of Antwerp is a bulding site due to new ring road took more like 35 mins of walking over rubble.
Got to the station and my next bus was in 5 minutes, so sat and waited, and waited, and waited and after about 70 or 80 minutes thought I'd better get a taxi or I'd never back.
So next day sorted out rent and deposit - 2400EUR - AGGGGHHHHH, and set off to sign the contract, guess what sat on the bus stop again for over an hour - no buses, gave up and rang the agency to say I'd have to sort out the contract tomorrow.
Dontcha just love Belgium!!!