We have been in Poland now three years. We are currently living in a flat two floors above the coffee shop we are building in Poznan. This next year will bring many changes for us. We are hoping to open a third location of "Sweet Surrender Coffee Shops" in Krakow and in Copenhagen, Denmark. This will mean a lot more travel for us.
I have a love/hate relationship with my current apartment. It is lovely in so many ways. The high ceilings with the ornate plaster moldings are beautiful.I love the original wood floors that are 100 years old. I love the painted bead board in our hallways and bathrooms. I love the BIG windows which fill my flat with so much light. I love the terrace outside my kitchen where I grow herbs and geraniums in the summer.
I hate walking three flights of stairs with heavy things like water, and laundry detergent.
I wish I had a dishwasher. I don't like my miniature oven. The big windows which let in the light are over 100 years old and they let in all the cold as well, and all the dirt. We live on a very busy street in the city and so it is very noisy where we are, lots of trams and cars etc.
SOOO...we are moving. We will have an apartment which has a dishwasher, is modern, new and clean. It does have an outdoor space and the oven is regular size. The kitchen is shiny and new, I really love that! There is an elevator and underground parking for the car so we will not have to hunt for a parking space. The only drawback to the new place is the space issue. I am giving up a place that had three bedrooms for a place that has one. The living area is small and our very large MUST have sofa will fit but will not leave room for much more.
It is funny how life changes for us over time. At one time I dreamed of having an apartment in the city, right in the hustle and bustle of life. Original wood floors and bead board with high ornate ceilings would have been frosting on the cake. Today, I long for a quiet place away from the noise where I can find rest. I am trading an historical building for a modern large apartment complex, a new kitchen for an old kitchen, parking for no parking.
Still, in the back of my mind I wonder if I am doing the right thing... what do you think?