Monday, June 14, 2010
buenos aires: everyone shall have ice cream, and everyone shall have a maid
anyway, as soon as we arrived we hit the ground running (after a day of napping), and began the search for an apartment. who needs to find a job first? we need to live somewhere, no?
it seems that in buenos aires there is a huge number of furnished apartments that are rented out on a weekly/monthly basis, so that was a bit of good news. and the rent prices cover all utilities, including electricity, internet (usually wifi), cable, local phone ... some apartments even come with a cell phone that you just need to add money to. what luxury! nyc could learn a thing or two from buenos aires landlords.
apartments here also seem to include maid service. at first, being the members of the proletariat that we are, we looked down upon this. surely we don't need maid service. we will gladly pay less money and clean the apartment ourselves. but this turned out to be an impossibility. even the cheapest apartments come with weekly maid service. at one point the bolshevik asked a prospective landlord if the apartment came with a maid, and the landlord looked at us as though we had asked something really obvious like "does the apartment a door?" si, claro! of course there is a maid!
now apartment hunting is hard work, so often we had to stop at freddo between viewings. it's a rough life, dear blog readers. for those of you who have never been to Bs As, freddo offers a variety of delicious fresh ice cream flavors, and typically you get two flavors per cone. the bolshevik and i have decided that not only will we make it our mission to try every flavor available, but we will also rank the flavors and try to determine what the best flavor combinations are. in the week that we have been in buenos aires, we have already had freddo 4 times. we're off to a strong start.
in the first weekend we looked at about 10 apartments. we found a rather tiny place in a very nice neighborhood, and decided to set up shop there. it's a loft of sorts, with one small room with a kitchen, table and chairs, and bathroom on the bottom floor, then a spiral staircase to a bedroom above. there isn't much room, but there's a cozy charm to it and it's super cheap.
we have already found our "it" apartment (more details to come), but we don't move in until mid-july. but do not fret dear blog readers, because both apartments come with maid service. phew!