A Lifting Experience
I stare at the electrical sockets, purposefully. The room is empty except for a rather morose looking light fitting hanging from the ceiling. I’m not convinced about this place, but I have to admit that it is a comfortable size. Moving to Prague, of course, means I probably will see many more apartments before deciding.
The apartment in question is a large, very well-lit place that has been recently refurbished and has plenty of space for my stuff. I have already figured out that the tram connections are suitably located and that the neighbourhood is a safe one. Still, as I roam from one perfectly finished room to another, I can’t help but feel as if there is something that I’m missing.
The kitchen is new and has all the necessary mod-cons for modern living. The other rooms would accommodate my stuff perfectly well. There even is a small network wired into the place and the owner shows me the location where I can place a network switch and hook up a server too.
I make pleasant noises about the place and promise to get back to him as I open the thick, sturdy front door. He talks about the local shops in the vicinity as I start to descend the stairs which suddenly triggers a thought.
“Where,” I ask, interrupting his discussion about fresh cauliflowers, “is the lift?”
“Ah,” he says knowledgeably, “We will have one installed within the next two months so it is not here yet.”
I nod. While I am a lazy bugger at heart, the second floor is not that bad. By the time I move in and get everything shipped, the lift will almost be here too.
“Where will it be?” I ask, curiously as I look around the stairwell. Like most older buildings, there is a comfortable sized landing on each floor and the stairs hug the walls leaving a central space that could be used for a lift.
“It could be here,” he says, noticing my gaze and pointing at thin air, “or maybe it could be in the courtyard.”
I turn and see him fumbling with the latch of a window to look out. There is a small courtyard – no more than a shaft really – that everyone’s bathrooms’ windows overlook. In theory the lift could fit there but it would mean having the guests to number 3 zip past as I have a shower. I’d have to charge for that.
I wonder how come the owner isn’t sure about the site of the lift; is it going to be installed or not?
I leave the building wondering if all my apartment hunting in Prague is going to feature some catch or another …
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