Friday, 23 August 2013

Week recap: thinking ahead, ikea-discoveries, and flashbacks to UKZN

Can you believe that next week is the last week of summer? The shops now have autumn colours and the decor shops have orange and brown, not the sea-side colours of a month ago. The sun is setting earlier (like, 9pm instead of 10pm!), and it’s harder to get out of bed. Despite fighting the duvets each morning, we had a pretty good week.

One of the highlights of the week (at least for me!) was on Monday afternoon, when we made our way to IKEA. Since being offered a lift to Marburg, we can buy a few essentials to take with us – we’ll need bedding, towels, cutlery, plates, pots... and a coffee maker/French press. To start with. We're hoping that our apartment, being partially furnished, will at least have a kitchen sink and a counter... after searching online for places to stay, we discovered that it seems normal here that when people move out, they literally take their sinks and shutters with them... 

Germany apartment unfurnished
can you tell these people down the road have moved out...?

We’re reeeally grateful for the wedding-money we received from our very generous family and friends,  and we're looking forward to setting up our home here with it. It is a little frustrating though, knowing that everything we’re buying here we have, or did have, in SA and the money we’re spending could have been for very special things where here it’s a little more mundane. However, we choose to be thankful that we are able to go out and buy everything we need. How privileged we are! And we’re hoping to buy a few special, unnecessary things too ;)

We spent HOURS at Ikea – we had NO idea how big it was - but it was worth it... we even found a double-duvet! Hooray! Thank you, Sweden! Afterwards, we revived ourselves finished off with cinnamon rolls and very-needed coffee, before heading home. 

Ikea Koln Cologne Germany cinnamon rolls kitchen
Ikea is HUGE. My dream-kitchen. Regaining our strength post-Ikea.

I’ve since spent time online making a dream-shopping-list from Ikea (18 pages, but because of pictures!), and went to various other home-decor shops to compare prices. Ikea definitely wins for price, but I found some beautiful things at a few other shops. And I bought a table runner which was on sale... blue to match our ceramic jug and cookie-monster-carpet.


Malcolm had late classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so it was nice getting to spend the mornings at home with him. On Tuesday he needed to go in early though for an appointment for his residents permit; it will only arrive late September (if not October) so in the meantime he has a visa extension – let’s hope he’s allowed into France with it! Between his appointment and class starting, we hung out together for a bit, relaxing under the trees in the park with the old city wall right there made it feel a little like being back on UKZN’s campus. All those lunch-times we spent on those lawns! 

Pietermaritzburg campus germany park old buildings
Left: our old UKZN-campus-lawn
Right: our new-opposite-the-CDC-lawn
Tuesday evening we had home-group, which was really great – I love our group and sharing life with them.

We did have a few other adventures, like accidentally discovering a porn-dvd shop, where we stopped dead in our tracks at the doorway, and walked away from in giggles. We clearly need to improve our German to avoid such incidents in future. Malcolm got an email from his supervisor; he's set to meet him on October 4, so Malcolm is getting his head back into Chemistry for that. I baked muesli biscotti, and planned to bake carrot cake because "all I needed was carrots"... but then I realised I also needed sugar and nuts and eggs. So basically I have flour and baking powder. 

So those were our adventures this week... looking forward to a quiet weekend, with maybe a picnic and cable-car ride... we’ll see!


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! 

15 comments:

  1. I love IKEA and also have several wishlists saved for my trips. I live 6 hours from the closest one, so when I get to visit I go all out. I bring home bookshelves and furniture and the fun stuff too.

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    1. I'm sad that where we're going there isn't one, but I think there's one close-by-ish, so we can hopefully go back for more once we've moved ;)

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  2. isn't Ikea amazing?! that store is too dangerous for me to go into!
    And I love your adventures in baking carrot cake! ha

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    1. I'd never been to one before but movies had given me much hope in it, and I wasn't disappointed! :D

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  3. I love Ikea discoveries! In Los Angeles, Ikea held an all you can eat even for $10! Unfortunately, it was in the middle of the weekday and I was workng. :(
    http://liveitinerantly.com

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    1. Oh wow! We passed through the food-section just to see what they had... looked at what people were eating... yeah, we're those people ;)

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  4. funny about the store mix up :) we are getting an ikea next year!! i am so excited i have never been!!

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    1. My advice: wear good walking shoes! :D It was so much fun walking around it looking at stuff, though by the end we went quite quickly through, there's just so much!

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  5. I also just recently discovered Ikea in Seattle for the first time. Bought 3 little things, I was tagging along with a friend and we didn't have a lot of space in the car for the trip back, anyway, I get to the cash register and the lady checking me out is like "you walk through this entire store and only bought this??!" So that was pretty funny. Wish we lived closer!
    I'm glad I'm not the only twenty something married woman who giggles at porn shops!

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    1. Haha! I can just imagine! I found a candle that smelled really lovely and Malcolm wanted to buy it for me, but I said no because I'd just feel so lame buying one thing after walking through the whole shop!
      I think giggling is my nervous reaction, I was so shocked because we really thought it was just a normal DVD shop... we walked away SO fast! Malcolm was a little more composed than I was!

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  6. We didn't have anything when we got married and had to use all our wedding money for boring stuff too! It was still exciting for me to have MY OWN toaster and MY OWN towels...things like that lol

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    1. I think I just need to find that excitement about it - it's just frustrating because we already have our OWN towels and things... but they're in SA and IF we had stayed we could have spent this money so differently. But, we're SO blessed to be in this position and after using towels and tea-cups that aren't my own for 4 months, I am actually pretty excited that we'll have our OWN again! :D

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  7. ikea is the best! but you can definitely spend hours there :) thanks for stopping by my blog!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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