Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hello There…

“I appreciate your visit, but I’m not quite ready for company just yet.  Well, since you’re here, you might as well come on in.” 
“Follow me into the kitchen; I was just going to make a cup of coffee.”
“Would you care for a cup?  It’s instant, but that’s all I have.”
“No?  How about a nice cold drink?  I have (ahem) an ice maker.  See?”
“I agree; it’s not (finger quotes) an automatic ice maker, but it is what it is.”
“Of course if you want a cold drink just keep in mind that you will be using ALL the ice.”
“Nothing to drink?  Suit yourself, but at least let me give you the 10 rupee tour.  This is my cook top.”
“No, there’s no oven; it’s my understanding that most Indian kitchens don’t have one.  I suppose there’s room for one beneath the cook top, but where would the propane tanks go?”  
“So on the other side is the sink, microwave and more cabinets.  Please don’t look down at the floor though; I haven’t finished cleaning the grout.  Hey, I asked you not to look!  Sheesh.  Now I know it’s not quite obvious, but the height of the counter tops is 6” shorter than the standard at home.  Not a big deal for me at 5’2”, but Paul has a hard time with it”
“Above the sink is our water filtration system.  I’m pretty sure the water out of the tap is fine, but better safe than sorry, ya know?  Speaking of the tap, just because there are two handles there, doesn’t mean they both work.  Apparently the owner didn’t see the need to install a geyser, so there’s no hot water in the kitchen.  Remember that coffee pot I showed you?  Yeah, I use that when I want to wash dishes too.”
“Over here, to the left of where you walked in, is a window.  This is my view.  It’s nice, but I need to get some curtains.  Not only would it add some color to the drab gray in here, it’ll also keep the neighbors from seeing me walk around in my underwear at night.”
“If you look down out the window, you can see the rooftop of the lower level.  They used a mosaic of broken ceramic tiles which I find quite interesting.”
“Anyweird, opposite the window is a door that leads out to an enclosed balcony of sorts.”
“It’s basically a storage area, but our dryer is out there.  We couldn’t have it inside because there was nowhere to vent it.  Paul opened the window enough to stick the ‘hose’ out, but we have to be careful at night with the light on so the mosquitoes don’t come in, and during the day with the pigeons.”
“Where’s the washing machine?  It’s in the bathroom just before you came into the kitchen.  It’s a front loader, but it’s not nearly as big as the one I have in the states.  I can fit two bath towels, a hand towel and a wash cloth in it, but that’s it.”
“Thanks again for stopping by.  I’m sorry you can’t stay longer; but I know it’s a long ride home.  Feel free to come again once I’ve had a chance to tidy up the place.”


NOTE:  Paul came home from work today with a nice big toaster oven!  Wish me luck while I’m converting Fahrenheit to Celsius.   
Oops, you noticed the bottle of Bacardi?  Well what do you expect, I’m living in India for Pete’s sake.


Unknown said...

You are SO going to love being 'home' when you come home.

hello haha narf said...

your photos make the flat appear quite lovely, actually. sure, it is drastically different than what you are used to, but WHEW, we saw that it could have been much, much worse.

you are doing a wonderful job cleaning the place up, too. consider this a verbal pat on the back!

did paul take the first photo with you in it, did you use a timer or were you able to communicate to someone the photo you wanted to capture?

Expat No. 3699 said...

You are so right about that. Plus cooking and laundry won’t feel like such a chore…well unless it’s cooking for the holidays; but I’ve been informed I don’t have to worry about Thanksgiving. I am currently giving thanks.

Expat No. 3699 said...

@ hello haha narf
It’s very different, but it’s doable. Thanks for the pat on the back but what I could really use is a massage after all the scrubbing, LOL!

I did have Paul take the picture of me when he got home from work, there’s no way I could have communicated with someone else to do it.

Bama Cheryl said...

Great pictures and you have done a great job getting things cleaned up. Wow - with a toaster oven and dryer you **almost** have all the comforts of home. Enjoy and thanks for the pictures!

Blondefabulous said...

Where do I deposit my 10 rupees for the tour??

Looks like home to me!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

I'm glad you're finally "home." And I can't wait to see it again when you've got it fully up to snuff!

Now, that being said. To what address to I need to send the coffee beans, grinder, and extra ice cube trays? Seriously. I'll mail some shit to you, hon!

Nej said...

I noticed the Barcardi BEFORE the new toaster oven. I'm not sure what that says about me. :-) :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour, but you could have offered me some Bacardi, first! Not instant coffee... :-) Hey, at least you have a decent view.

Eva said...

Only *one* bottle of Bacardi?