Well, we're finally in a permanent place. It has been a long month. Finding an apartment in a new city is usually hard, and then not being able to communicate with the landlords, or set up appointments to see a place, or look up places to see in the newspaper without someone helping us makes it even harder. Luckily, we have had a lot of help from people at the university...not just with finding an apartment, but with everything. We learn a little more every day.
Our new place is about a 10 minute bike ride from the university. There is a bus stop that goes into the town center almost right outside our door, and there is a bus stop that goes to the university about 5 minutes away. We are in an older neighborhood, so it's quiet and safe, and the neighbors have been very friendly to us, even though none of them so far speak any English. People still make a good effort to communicate with us and be friendly, even though we do not understand each other.
The lady who lived in our apartment before us died after living there for 30 years, and all of her things are left in the apartment. So, we have a lot of nice furniture, dishes, etc. and we don't need to buy everything right away. Still, we are trying to fix up the place and make it more modern, so we've been having fun planning and redecorating. We will post some pictures later of our progress.