Dec. 1st, 2009 10:26 pm
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Five years ago today, I moved out of my parents' house and into my first apartment. That was probably the single best thing I've ever done.

My first place was in halls, tiny, with standard-issue furniture and increasingly full of silverfish--the whole building had them. On a whim, I gave it a name: Atlantis, due to the movie poster I'd stuck to the wall. One of my reasons for moving there was to be closer to uni, but I have to admit that during the next two years or so, I partied more than I studied. I made friends with people halfway across the world and fell into ungodly sleeping habits; this was the place I shared with [ profile] lordofthewheel for a week on his first visit, and History Happened. Personal history, anyway. :)

In July '07, I moved into a basement flat a stone's throw from campus, which I shared with a girl I'd met in class. Nearly all the papers of my uni carreer were written there, including the thesis, because after two years of slacking off I had a lot of writing to catch up on. Many, many night shifts were pulled, but that hardly mattered because my room got next to no daylight anyway. On the up side, I had space. Lots of it. Shame only that towards the end of my lease, a pipe in the bathroom broke the tiniest bit and sneakily soaked my wall over the weeks it took me to discover the huge damp patch. Joy. It was a good place though; I don't miss the flat, but I did like the neighbourhood, and I've been back a couple of times to wander around my old haunts.

My current flat is nominally in halls again, but privately run, and I was able to bring my own furniture. Worlds of difference. It's a lovely little place, and it has a name again: Riverbank. That's what the German street name translates to, for one thing, and I can actually watch the ships go by right outside my window. (Considering the 'Winter in the Willows' larp that is currently brewing and will no doubt do horrible things to my childhood, this amuses me to no end.) I won't be living here long; I'm planning to move out in February and get settled in England. With [ profile] lordofthewheel . Let's see how we fare when we're genuinely stuck with each other. :)
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