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The apartment that almost wasn't

I really thought I shot myself in the foot with my announcement about "all going as it should" and the flat being ours.

We arrived at the apartment at 1:30 to sign the papers...and walked in on someone else doing a visit.

The owner said the other guy had priority because, two weeks ago, he said that he wanted the apartment. However, he went overseas and she was unable to contact him.  So, she was in a quandary about what to do. According to her, she had given him her word first. He had dibs.

Julien begged and begged her to change her mind. And then he was struck by brilliant inspiration. He told the owner than we had already showed S her room and told her it was hers and she would be sleeping in it and growing up in it.  That swung things in our favor. In Egypt, the kid is king.

The "other guy," a Canadian, came out into the hall where we were and said he was leaving, that he hated scenes like that. We thanked him profusely, shook hands, and then went to sign the contract for the apartment after all.

The apartment which ROCKS, I might add. Of course, there are little problems, but in Egypt, the perfect apartment does not exist.  Not unless you rent for around $4K per month. And maybe not even then. 

We are still waiting on the net, but we aren't missing it too much because we have so much cleaning to do. We are shipping some stuff over from France, but we have to wait for Julien to get his long-term visa first to facilitate the arrival of our belongings.

In the meantime, life in Egypt will start to take on a normal rhythm and then I hope to start bringing you glimpses.

Until then, be good and be well, friends. 

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asakiyume
Nov. 7th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yay for Egyptians and not wanting to break S's heart--and clever Julien for casting the story in that light!

Now need I add that I would like that address?
mnfaure
Nov. 7th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
He played that just right, let me tell you! OUr hearts just dropped when we understood what was going on. O.O
frigg
Nov. 7th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh sneaky you, using the child to manipulate people. :p

I hope S's room in not noisy!
sunflower_sky
Nov. 8th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Tricksy tricksy! And playing on a Canadian's heartstrings! Tsk tsk! ;)

I'm glad you got the apartment and hope he finds one that suits his needs even better!

~D
nebula99
Nov. 9th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
Nice work in getting your apartment! Enjoy it.
me_1956
Nov. 10th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
it really helps to have a child sometimes. You get to play the "but I promised my little girl" card.

sitting in the hotel right now in Dallas. Mother had to have a full masectomy, so this is her second night in the hospital. doing well though and may get to check out tomorrow. will stay here at hotel one more night before the 90 mile trip home.

love to all and hugs and kisses.
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