I am living in a new area of town now, one that is not the most easily/directly accessible by bus, but a nice area nonetheless. Well, we are probably the only foreigners who live in the area, and we’re pretty sure that there may be some dodginess (in the form of small brothels) the next street over. But there are 2 good duucans (little corner shops) a hop, skip, and jump away where you can get basic items–matches, eggs, flour, toothbrushes, etc. Just a few minutes walk away are a line of fruit and veg guys with decent selections. About a 10 minute walk away are 2 suuq’s (markets) with clothes, kitchen stuff, hardware, toys, and the like. Kind of an everything you could want, but not the one thing you need type of situation. It’s a quieter market than other ones I’ve been to, which is nice. There are really cute kids that play games on the street. The neighbors seem really nice.
The flat is nice. We are the 2nd floor of a small 4 story building. 3 bedrooms, a nice sized living room, 4 small balconies. From whichever balcony you are on you can see at least 2 different mosques in any direction. And, yes, I have become accustomed to knowing what time it is when I hear the call to prayer 5x/day. I like to look out my window and out at the city sometimes, but I can totally see into the hoosh (courtyardish area) of the house below. I realize that sounds totally creepy and I don’t mean to look, but…I dunno it’s there and I do look sometimes. Mostly the ladies cooking or the dad sleeping or eating. I’m really not a creepy neighbor, I just end up looking from time to time. It just happens….Don’t judge me.
There are quirks with our little flat though, as with most everything here. Currently my room and the kitchen have no power. Not exactly sure, but it seems something shorted and these 2 rooms (though on opposite sides of the flat) are connected somehow with the wiring downstairs. The plug for the washing machine is very sensitive and you have to plug it in just so, then you can’t touch the washer while it’s going or it will shock you. The downstairs gate takes me a bit to get into. I have to press it in and pull the lock while wiggling it. The downstairs door I still can’t unlock. The lock is all wonky and I haven’t gotten the hang of unlocking it yet. The bottom part of the gas oven is also temperamental. I haven’t been able to get it to light on my own yet. One of the 2 toilets leaks everywhere when it flushes so we just use the other bathroom. Also, we have a rat that we are trying everything we can think of to catch and kill. Even considered napping one of the street cats to borrow for a few days until it got the rat. But…then decided that the street cat probably had as many diseases as the rat does.
So the ratscapades will continue until we are successful. In any case, I am happy to have a place to call mine for now and I am looking forward to the continuing adventures that are my everyday life here!