Well, this is our apartment. In the first picture is the living room area and the kitchen table is in the corner. The second picture is the living room from another angle. The third picture is our kitchen, and the fourth is the bedroom. On the wall to the left is a closet with a mirror, drawers, and shelves but that was too hard to get in the picture.
This apartment came fully furnished so all we had to do was bring clothing, necessities, and now buy food and some other small items.
The summer months get incredibly hot and last for quite awhile so the homes are built to stay cool. There is no carpeting and usually no heating equipment. For the winter (which does get quite cold) you use space heaters. Our water is solar heated right now. Although we do have AC we haven’t had to use it yet. We just leave the windows open all day. There are no screens in the windows either but it’s too hot for bugs during the day 🙂 As you may have noticed there is no oven. We have a toaster oven but I’m not sure how often it will be used. Grocery shopping is going to take us some time to learn.
Anyway, this is our home away from home. Enjoy the pictures.
I must say that I’m encouraged to see that your apartment doesn’t unnecessarily lengthen the bars on the windows, like Jesus warned the Pharisees about. For truly, those who lengthen the bars on their windows have their reward in full. (I think the original text had something about touching the floor being just ridiculous, but you guys would know better than I.) I would offer prayers on your behalf, as well as emotionally-manipulative digs in your presence, were you to succumb to such a temptation; good for you that your windows-bars are a humble, pious length.
Not that I don’t understand why some people do it, of course! In my tumultuous youth, I myself had foot-thick bars added to my windows, painted pastel-plaids and liberally coated with donut sprinkles. But, glory hallelujah, I outgrew my sinful, fleshly ways. I’m just glad you guys learned from my example.
Yay! The Van’s have a blog!! I am so glad to hear you made it to Isreal and everything is going so smoothly. We miss you guys but are excited for you in this next venture. Keep the posts coming, we want to see what you are up to half way ’round the world!! Much love and prayers to you both!
Huzzah! Van Blogsma! Hey! I know moving in is difficult, considering the cultural differences and all, but I am glad to see that you got both the plate full of apples AND the jar full of apples out. Laptop, TV, these are fine, but life doesn’t begin until the apples are out.
Hey, God bless you guys. Jessi and I will be praying for you.
Yay! So glad that we can be a part of your lives in this way. Yes, sad that it isn’t the same as it was when we all lived in G-Rap, but still exciting. So glad the trip went well that so good to see you pretty well settled in. Love to you both! We miss you tons already.
Erika and Bryan,
so glad to see that you guys are safe…everyone at GREI misses you! all I can say about your apartment is wow! keep us posted on what life is like there half way around the world….take care and be safe….
christal david and the kids (nate and hannah)
nate would be so disappointed that the bugs do not come out when its that hot….oh the house (aka the hole as jan puts it) is almost done…just waiting for the contractor to connect the water and fix an electric problem we are having with only half the house…anyways take you guys we miss you!
Yes. the apples are a nice touch. They were left there by the landlord and unfortunately they are real… not wax as we would have preferred. On the bright side this may give us some pets if we keep them around long enough. (The bars aren’t quite close enough to keep out rodents and flies.)
If we are lucky enough for the plate of apples to survive our entire stay we may bring them back as souvenirs. We may even pass them out as Xmas presents to our loving friends and family!
This is sooooo cool!!
Glad to see that you have arrived and are settling in. I don’t know what I would do without an oven! Sounds like rabbit food will be the staple, eh?
The apartment reminds me of pictures I saw of what Tracey H. lived in – in South Africa. Efficiency is the mode.
Enjoy yourself. I’m glad to have the blog to keep tabs on you with.
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