|Stefano signing our rental contract with Elisabetta (our landlord), Alessandra (Real Estate agent) and |
Monica (Real Estate agent for needy expats)
Monica, is a delightful New Yorker who has lived in Milan for many years. She raised her family here with her husband Georgio, so of course she speaks perfect Italian. She genuinely loves her work as a real estate agent specialising in finding rental accommodation for expats. I met Monica through an online expat forum, so when we finally arrived in late June, she had booked several apartments for me to inspect. Monica explained that it usually only takes about six inspections to find the perfect apartment for her clients because by then she has their needs figured out.
After less than a week of apartment inspections, I walked into the shell of an apartment undergoing complete renovation. I loved it immediately and so did Stefano. Monica was right. It was the sixth apartment I'd inspected.
Zona Tortona, was perfect. It is only 10 minutes for Stefano to walk to his office and just a 10 minute tram or bus ride to the city, so I'll easily make it to class on time for those much needed Italian lessons. Although we loved the apartment, it wasn't due to be finished till September. But Monica negotiated with the owner, Elisabetta, who managed to finish the apartment in record time. Elisabetta promised it would be ready for us to move into at the end of July and it was, just in time to welcome Stefano's sister Carmel as our first guest at via Stendhal.
As you can see, Stefano is very happy to be in the kitchen again and I'm very happy that he's happy!
Carmel wasn't our only visitor this week. Cherie and Dora were our first dinner guests, and Ian, Angus and Sherry were our first aperitivo guests.local car share group and quickly filled 'our Alfa'.
addio, finché la nostra prossima avventura