International House Hunting
I love TV shows like “House Hunters International”. It never ceases to give me a good laugh when Americans don’t realize that, what we imagine to be normal, is rarely the case in the rest of the world.
Living abroad, you might not have a car… and a place to park. You probably won’t have space for a king- or queen-sized bed. You definitely will not find a bathtub and most likely will learn to enjoy a shower… with no curtain or wall between it and the rest of the tiny, damp bathroom.
Dishwasher? No. Full-sized refrigerator? Unlikely. Separate kitchen and dining? Hardly. Closet space for all of your clothes? Hahahahahaha….
And on it goes. Maybe a postage-stamp-sized yard, but at least it will feature flowers or herbs or cobblestones. Hot water a couple of hours per day, if that. Air-conditioning? No. Elevator? Get over it. Furnished? Usually in the most eclectic way.
But that’s what makes it so charming, too. The storybook views or simple lifestyles, gliding along on bicycles or mopeds, or sipping coffee at a cafe, all keep us coming back for more.
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