The flat hunt was on. After a week of getting acclimatised to being in Spain it was time to get serious. For the first time since Antwerp, we had to look for our own flat again. Quite the change after living on couches and in spare rooms of friends and family, in our tent, in hostels and in a caravan.
First I felt reluctance. Then I got excited. Then I just didn’t know what to feel. We both surfed the internet for days. Called up numerous agencies to make appointments. Then rushed around the city to visit the flats we were interested in. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes frustrating. Mostly quite entertaining to see how extremely strange the building style can be in Spain. Almost every flat has at least one “interior” room. Meaning, a room with a small window to an elevator shaft or some other filthy air shaft. Then there are the “ciega” rooms, “blind” rooms. Rooms with no window at all. Flats that are advertised as “muy luminoso”, with lots of natural light, turn out to be flats with a small window to a dark narrow backstreet. Toilets that are squeezed into the tiniest bathrooms and “windows” that simply go to the next room so that all your cooking smell can drift to the lounge room. And some flats look quite nice… if it wasn’t for the furniture that has been there for multiple decades and really belongs in the bin or at a charity shop. Visits are organised with real estate agents. Some of them, not interested in you or the flat at all while others try to sell the ugliest flat as if it were a Disney palace. And then the occasional real estate agent who stands you up twice, before finally showing up on appointment number three.
The end of the flat hunt
After a few frustrating but interesting weeks, including the weeks between Christmas and Three Kings, when nothing at all happens, we finally got the call. We were accepted as the new renters of a lovely, and a bit run down, flat in Poble Sec! An old flat, but with some love and care it will be our very own Disney palace. At least for a while. Until the travel bug gets us again.