Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Our apartment, one benefit of my job with the Qatar Foundation, is quite pleasant. If we have to stay inside all day long because of the heat, at least we really like our living quarters. I can't speak in terms of square feet, but it is spacious and certainly an upgrade from what we had in Santa Clara.

We arrived with all of our clothes (even our Winter clothes as we'll be taking those to Italy during the semester break at the end of December) and many of Vito's toys, but we left all of our decorations and knickknacks in storage in Vacaville. Our apartment still looks about the same way as it did when we arrived, but, when we get around to doing a little more shopping, we will look for some things to personalize our living space.

We live on the second floor, which is great because there was no furniture to move in, but we also don't have anyone tramping around on the ceiling. The apartment is fully furnished, and came with all of the basic necessities for our survival, such as silverware, bedding, dishes, etc.

Vito's bedroom entrance and closet.
There are two bedrooms, both with walk-in closets, and two bathrooms, both with showers. Each bathroom also has a bidet, which makes Angela happy. All of the rooms have tile floors except the bedrooms, which have hardwood. The kitchen has marble countertops and plenty of cabinet space. Additionally, there is a large storage room, which is akin to a giant closet, and our own little laundry room with a washer and a dryer. All of the walls are made of stone, and we don't hear any of our neighbors. Even though it's so hot outside, we don't have to run the air conditioner 24-7. The apartment stays fairly cool.

Unfortunately, these pictures don't really do the apartment justice, but I'm not going to retake them and they give you the basic idea.

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