I love the balcony. It’s pretty awesome to have a door to open to get some air in the apartment, instead of just the windows and to give the dogs a few minutes of fresh air when it’s cold without having to take them all the way downstairs for them to decide that they want to come in thirty seconds later. It’s also nice when the weather is mild to be able to shut the door on the distractions of the apartment and just hang out in the breeze near sunset. Being able to get a nice view of the sunsets is one of the best things about it. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Occasionally I also get a view of the sunrise.
And sometimes the snow.
The Laundry “Room”
Technically I think it’s called a “utility closet”, but I like that there is a separate room for the washer and dryer and that there are shelves above the washer and dryer for use. There’s enough room for me to store my sewing kit, extra fabric I keep to make dog toys, detergent and the like, and all the dog’s stuff on the other side. On the top, I keep extra cleaning supplies. There’s also enough room for a small set of shelves that used to be in the bathroom and the vacuum. Having this definitely beats having the washer and dryer in the kitchen. Plus the washer and dryer are next to each other instead of stacked on top of each other. Along with that…
It’s great to have an American washer and dryer again. The longest cycle is 15 minutes to wash, and it only takes one cycle to dry. That’s way better than the hour minimum it took to do a “short” wash in the German washer. Even with the dryer setting for delicates, I can usually just use one cycle and have everything dry. With the delicate cycle on the German one, I may as well not have used it unless I had all day to wait for clothes to dry. I also like having a top loader again. Front loaders are nice for the lack of the agitator for things to get stuck on (which is great for cleaning blankets and dog beds), but the rims seem to trap smell and make the washer require more cleaning than the top loader.
Storage Space in General
The storage in this apartment is great. Coming from a place with a decent amount of kitchen storage and okay closets, I was impressed to have four closets in this apartment’s master bedroom. There are a couple closets and a top locker-type thing in the second bedroom. And there’s more room to store stuff in the kitchen than I’m actually even using.
On top of that, we have an actual room in the basement basement instead the tiny dark room about the size of an American-walk in closet.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the things I love about the new apartment on Vogelweh Family Housing in Kaiserslautern. This is the conclusion of the Moving Within Germany series of posts. If you missed any of the posts in this series, you’ll find them here. If you’ll be moving to Germany from the States, you may want to check out my posts on that process here.
If you may be moving to the area, you may also want to check out this article on Germany Ja in which I answer some questions on topics like school districts, the advantages and disadvantages of living here compared to off base, and the “feel” of the neighborhood. Whatever brings you here, I hope you’ll subscribe and join me on my adventures (or continue joining me for those already subscribed). Next time I’ll tell you about getting an international license (Internationaler Führerschein).