sometimes the worst months turn out to be the best months!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t have the very best relationship with my landlords.  While I don’t particularly want to re-visit all of the “incidents”, let’s say, that transpired under that roof {okay, nothing that bad happened…this is getting cryptic), I do want to say this:  I moved in mid-September and by November 1st, I was ready for a new place.  Despite my efforts to find a new home, housing is really hard to come by in this area of Bavaria (which is why my friend Matt had to spend his first 2 weeks here living in a church and almost had to sign up for a room at the homeless shelter…not even kidding!!!!).

Let it be known that I am generally a happy person.  But it is hard to be happy when the home you retreat to at the end of each day feels nothing at all like a home.  And by February, I had dealt with so many ridiculous conflicts that I was contemplating faking my own death so that I could break my lease without legal implications.  Every time I sent cries for help to my mother via email, she’d answer with the same reply, “Keep looking for a place.  I’m praying that God provides something for you.”

It was mid-February when I decided to myself, “This has got to be the worst month of my life”.  I was getting yelled at on a daily basis by my landlords (mostly landlady) for there being too much of my hair in the carpet (she even asked me if I needed to see a doctor for my “hair loss problem”!), turning on the lights in my bedroom when I should be using the window for sunlight (sometimes I like to not be naked in front of open curtains) and doing too many loads of laundry (3-4 loads per month is “unebelievable”, apparently).  Just when I thought she’d run out of reasons to scream at me, I was informed I owed 262 euro for “excessive electricity usage”.  Trust me, I fled that apartment at every available chance (I spent a total of 3 or 4 days per week there, being gone every weekend) and there’s no possible way I even used enough electricity to amount to the arm and leg I was already paying them per month, let alone 262 euro on top of that.

So, I sat on my bed and cried.  I wanted to move out (duh), I just didn’t have a place to go.   I’d been checking online sites every day for months and had had no luck.  I’d even viewed a couple of rooms but both had 30-40 other prospective renters viewing the same room (I wasn’t exaggerating when I said the housing here is competitive).  I was especially stressed that Caroline was arriving in 2 weeks and I’d told her she could stay with me; was I supposed to contact her now and retract my offer? I emailed my boss in hysterics and asked her what I should do.  As a German woman in her early 40s, she’s the closest thing to a mom I have here.  If only I had known while typing that email, with tears rolling down my face, that my “German mom” would pull through, that this nightmare of events which had just taken place would prove to be the much-needed catalyst in my escape and that all my problems would be solved in a matter of days, once Piotr came to my rescue.

So then I moved (as you know).  And then I went to Ikea to furnish my new place (as you know).  And then Caroline arrived and we went straight to Salzburg (as you know).

And suddenly, being a happy person again wasn’t so hard anymore.


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p.s. look at that Krapfen!

21 comments:

Chelsea said...

girl i am so happy for you. what a perfect little (well BIG) blessing!!! and um helloo, girl hair shedding come with being a girl! i dont know how you lasted!

wilybrunette said...

oh good lord i do like this piotr. and i'm breathing easier just knowing you're out of there--i had a similar experience this summer--the people i was staying with were the best but i felt i had no privacy and i'm not kidding when i say the whole thing UNDID me!

ps: you always have a place to stay in ny--as long as i'm here!

magdalena viktoria said...

I like how things turned out for you.
Keep being the happy person.

e.day said...

i just think you are the cutest person ever. seriously. you rock red lipstick like nobody's business!

and on a serious note, this post made my heart hurt for you. i can't even imagine what that feels like. i'm sorry! but i'm glad you have such a great foreign support team :)

ps. we need to talk about my trip!! we HAVE to meet up. :)

Jan said...

Just like a fairy tale - it had a happy ending. The food in Salzburg looks GREAT!!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

That's really amazing, Jenni. I'm shocked you put up with that for so long and still managed to be super positive (well, at least here on the blog it seemed like it)! I am SO happy for you that you've found a new place and had the help you needed. :)

Barbara said...

Good on you girl! And a trip to Salzburg makes EVERYTHING better!

Gentri said...

Aw yay!! :) I'm so glad you're out of there and into a nice new place. Your old place truly sounds horrible.

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Ugh that sounds terrible! I would've cried too. Im glad that you got out of there. Nobody deserves to be treated like that! :(

Love all of the pictures by the way. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth
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Abby said...

renting can be such a pain in the butt. I am so glad you got out though! It is amazing the difference it can make. and the krapfen look amazing!

Chelsea Lane said...

I am SO GLAD everything worked out, that whole paragraph was making me so nervous. lovely photos though, happiness is never overrated :)

xoxo

cryskay said...

i loooove the color of your lips. what color is that? xx

Kathrine said...

Oh Jenni! If we only had known each other back then I would have to your rescue dear! I have a few friends over there in Nuremberg, we surely could have arranged something and even had found you your own place. I can' believe that landlords from hell, really!!!! I mean, what the? 262Euros for extra electricity? And the story about your hair??? :((((

But I'm SO glad everything went well, finally. Piotr came to the rescue and there you go. All happy and smiling again. :)

So. If you ever need help, just let me know k? I mean it!

Saara said...

Your landlady was crayy!!!!!! I am so happy for you that you could move! I could have also written now your sentence "Let it be known that I am a happy person. But it is hard to be happy when the home you retreat to at the end of each day feels nothing at all like a home." But I am still not happy. Still wondering how to get out of this mess. My mum and Fra also gets these phonecalls where I am crying in bed. But I am happy for you and I guess I just need to look more and pray too :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@cryskay,

the brand is MAC and the color is RED (just one word).

Jenni Austria Germany said...

ps - thanks! i like it too. i wear it all the time. MAC's my fav.

lady lyles said...

Gosh, I am so glad to hear that you are out of that situation. I had a similar one with my landlords when I lived in South Carolina... only they were Daughters of the Revolution and they were mad because i wore a jimi hendrix tshirt.... Yeah, I didn't miss THAT about the South.

So, you know how I hadn't been blogging because I said I've had a lot going on? Well... lets just say, your living situation was my work situation.. except that my boss also wanted a piece of this. Obviously, I felt like I should quit my job. I did that in January, and then this house sitting job for my friend (who is actually from LA) came up in Asheville, NC. Asheville might just be my favorite US city, besides frisco, and I considered it a sign from the heavens. I haven't really had the energy to sit down and type all of that out. I admire your diligence and promptness with jennifer happenings.

yeah...... and i like your lipstick, too.

Erin said...

Not feeling comfortable in your 'home' has to be the worst feeling. I'm glad you were able to get out of that situation, and hope your new place helps you to stay such a smiley, happy person! Thank God for wonderful boyfriends, huh? Also, thank God for good friends and weekend trips :)

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I am so happy you got out of there!! What horrible, they sound crazy!!!

Krystal said...

she sounds swiss!! geez! that is so awful. housing here is ridiculous to find too :( my friends who are a couple have had the hardest time, they are looking for an apt in a specific price range but everyone keeps raising the price when they see how much they make. isn't that insane???

Mighty Burns said...

Ugh.. man alive! I am soooo glad you got out of there.. too much hair in the carpet? LOL thats the oddest thing Ive ever heard lol. boo on those people. I dont know what a "krapfen" is but it reads "crap fan" in my head.. hmm not sure where to look. you look beautiful though!