One of the things I love about moving into a new place is seeing the transformation that occurs. Over the months or years you can see how a place morphs into a home. I’m delighted to have my new additions a rug and some plants.
I finally bought some plants to bring a little life and positive chi into the place. I went into the shop thinking I’d get one and walked out with four, plus an extra that the shop keeper gave me, once I was already in the car, just for being nice. The best part was bartering. I’ll take some credit for it. I was actually on my way back from language lessons but haven’t gotten to the bartering yet. I started to ask for a deal and my guard went to bat for me and helped to get a great deal. Most foreigners don’t even bother bartering here. It drives me crazy. That’s the fun part of shopping in developing countries; it’s part of the culture!
I also managed to snag a carpet from down the hall off of someone who recently left. It has been passed down several times and originally started in my room with someone else. It is much nicer than the cold marble floor beneath it. This gives me some time to look before I shop for carpets. Like everything else here finding a good deal on carpets isn’t easy. I was told by a colleague not to bother buying a carpet if you aren’t willing to spend two grand. I remember looking for a cheaper deal for a $200 back at home. While eventually I’m likely to lay down some money, though hopefully less than 2k, now I’ve got some time to look around before I do so.
I think for now those will be the most of my home improvements, but I have been wanting to get some pictures up…
P.S. That’s my red scarf on the table!