I think I’m in love with my apartment here. It’s rather small, but it’s exactly what I need.
I’ve got a small kitchen with a fridge that’s halfway between a mini-fridge and an apartment sized fridge. It has more than enough room for my milk, soy milk, water, yogurt, and pineapple juice.
Then I have a nice little microwave that sits on top of the fridge. It’s really simple without many features, which is nice since all of the buttons are in Korean.
For real cooking I have a nice sized rice cooker and a single burner electric stove. It boils water and scrambles eggs very nicely. That’s about all I’ve used it for so far.
I have plenty of cabinet space for the food I need and my very odd assortment of dishes. There’s also a nice amount of counter space considering the size of my kitchen.
My washing machine is a front loader in my kitchen, unlike Casey’s, which is a top loader in the bathroom. It does a pretty good job washing things and then I have a nice big drying rack for the clothes once they’re clean.
I only have one sink in my apartment, but it’s nice and big and is right next to the bathroom, so I don’t feel too weird brushing my teeth there.
My bathroom is a little odd by American standards, but I sort of like it. If I actually had a shower stall I wouldn’t have as much room as I do now with the entire bathroom being my shower.
My toilet seat is actually a regular hard one and not a strange padded or heated one like I’ve seen so often here. Poor Casey is stuck with a padded one and the heated ones are just strange. It’s not just heated; it also sprays water or air on you if you push the right buttons.
Then there’s the cool storage/sleeping area above my bathroom. So far I don’t have a really good way to get up there, but it sure makes my apartment nicer. I have my suitcases stuck up there as well as the unwanted TV that was left in my apartment.
The main room in my apartment can be separated by a door from the kitchen and bathroom area, so I don’t have to stare at the front door when I go to bed, which is rather comforting.
The cabinet has plenty of room for my clothes, which is nice. I have a small table where I have my computer set up. I have to sit on the floor to use it, but I bought some padded cushions, so that’s not too bad. It certainly makes me feel more like I’m living in a foreign country.
My bed is a little harder than what I’m used to, but that too is growing on me. It’s certainly not stopping me from falling and staying asleep at night.
I also have a nice number of windows in my apartment. There’s a small one in the storage area and another small one in the bathroom. Both of them have screens on them. Then I have two push out windows - one in the kitchen and one in the main room. Both have frosted glass and no screen, but on nice days I don’t mind having them open.
The last window is my pride and joy. It takes up most of one wall in my main room and looks down on the street. I almost never close it. It’s also interesting to listen to my neighbors talking in Korean out on the street.
And, now here’s a video showing my building and apartment. I hope you enjoy it!