Michael Sat Apr 23 06:17:34 2005|
Re: Greetings from mid-Atlantic again!
> sounds like whoever designed/built the place liked to sit out at lunchtime
> and surf the web, while communing with the dolphins....
All I can figure is that there is something in the dolphin pool shop that was easier to hook up on wireless than by stringing miles of cable. But it worked great.
On the ship OTOH, life sucked. Well, life was pretty good, actually, but I couldn't get online to speak of. I'm sure most people would regard this as a positive aspect of vacationing. But those people are, let's face it, not as cool as I am.
And then two days passed when I got to Budapest, but our friend who just happens to own a tech company (life get easier as you get older and all your friends have become doctors and lawyers and company presidents and stuff) is providing me with an office. The office is nice, but the broadband connection is life itself.
Yesterday we found the perfect apartment. Granted, we got lost in the woods trying to find it (well, not lost per se -- I knew where *we* were, it was the location of the *apartment* which was obviously incorrect), but that's just an indication of how perfect it is. There is a huge wooded area next to this new subdivision right on the edge of Budapest, and my wife's sister's father-in-law is building a duplex in it. The upstairs apartment is nearly finished, it's all stone-and-tile construction, hardwood floors in the bedrooms, and best of all there's a big studio in the attic which is included in the price. The monthly rent is $350 a month. It's a small place by American standards, but roomy by Hungarian standards, so the price is really surprisingly low. I don't think there's nepotism involved. My sister-in-law says there isn't, but then she's the one who said it was in the middle of the woods, which it clearly wasn't. Ha.
Anyway, it was a month ago yesterday that we left Puerto Rico, and it's been a stressful journey, but I think maybe this whole thing is going to work out.