I have added another level of pallets underneath. I have used my saw as you see, to create some space for vacuuming under the sofa. I also used the saw to make some storage space in the sofa for shoes and other stuff. I'm so glad for this idea! I have thought about it before but it wasn't until my Dad was here (he does NOT like my pallet sofa) I got the idea. Let's see if this will change his mind.
At the time I have a week off and my Dad is here to help me with my flat! He is insulating some parts of my walls, mostly in the bedroom. He is an expert in this so my situation is really a luxury one! You know it's cold up there in Scandinavia so we need to have thick walls.
I would like to wish you all a very nice Christmas with these photos of my flat just as a sign of gratitude for this luminous place in the heart of Leuven. Remember - these photos are taken today, on the very darkest day of the year! My plants seem to enjoy this place just as much as I am (perhaps even better - because they don't mind the lack of comfort such as the naked walls, the absence of a washing machine and an oven etc) and are budding happily. As you can all see there is the embryo of a sofa in the corner. I'm making it out of pallets from my work (for free!) and mattresses. Very basic but cosy and comfortable. So if you want to come and visit you see there's a bed for you!
A big thank you to Max who helped me to install my lamps today - without them you couldn't see what you see now on the photos! My flat is slowly being transformed into a home. I love it! I need it!
For the rest I'm doing fine. At last I can enjoy a week of November vacation - very much longed for by all of the colleagues at the school where I work. I'm very glad not to have caught any cold so far. This and the lovely mild weather have allowed me to go to Brussels by bike the last six Fridays. I teach a group of EU-commission interpretors there. I start off at 6:30 and arrive two hours later. The first 2/3 of the trip goes through nature. The last 1/3 is more noisy, going from Tervuren to Brussels along the Tervurenlaan. Luckily the place where I have to be for my teaching is in the eastern part of Brussels, so I don't have to bike too much through the centre. I also have found some alternative smaller streets which allows me to avoid the really crazy places like the round point of Montgomery.
Look at this hard-working man. He and his colleague did a great job last Thursday installing new windows in my flat. So now the aluminium framed one-glass windows are gone and lovely double glass pvc-framed ones are henceforth the ones who give me my lovely view of the sky, Leuven, the university library and the weather.
For the rest I'm doing rather fine. The Summer ended in flat-renovating frenzy which was suddenly transformed into teaching frenzy. Now I'm looking forward to a hopefully not to frenzic week of November holidays, although work in the flat is definitely also a part of the program. Apart from a small visit in Babelom (outside the very well-known beer-village Hoegaarden) at a friend's, plus a trip to Holland for a funeral of the father of a friend, I am going to stay here.
I'm very glad to be healthy and not having caught any kind of cold so far. This and the wonderful weather have allowed me to go by bike from Leuven to Brussels the last 6 Fridays (to teach my lovely little group of EU-commission interpreters learning Swedish). That's about 30 + 30 kilometres - enough to keep me somewhat fit and energetic. And I'm very glad to not have to take the train, being continually disturbed by all those announcements at the railway station of Brussels (in 2 or more languages every time) telling me and all the other frustrated passengers that our train is missing, late, not coming, stuck somewhere because of this and that... I'll bring the camera next time I'm out to show you what my little weekly Belgian intercity bike trips are like! I'd better go sleep now, because I've already consumed the buffer of the extra hour is added to this night because of the time change!
This whole week I have been busy shaving wall-paper off my walls - a very tedious work that I have been complaing about on my Swedish blog. A good friend of mine, Groddy, helped me with this and also encouraged me to ask for more help. So I did (reluctantly) and my dear friends Rana and Frogga responded positively and gave me help last Thursday and Friday! Thank you so much!!!!!