Sunday, December 21, 2008

Apartments are much better than hotels

We survived our first night in Barcelona. Muriel didn't have her best night's sleep, but she didn't even get close to the point of me having to walk her. There was considerable traffic (foot and car) outside our apartment all night. That noise may have contributed to her less than perfect sleeping.

Niamh and Rowan both slept well until about 3:30 when Rowan fell out of bed. It woke them both up, but they went back to sleep fairly quickly. The good news is that Rowan didn't fall on Niamh, who was sleeping on the floor next to his bed.

We had a slight issue with the stove yesterday. The control knob for stoves in the US seem to get hotter as you move in a clockwise direction. That doesn't seem to be the case here. That wouldn't have been a problem, except there are no labels on the stove. It took a long time for that first toasted cheese sandwich yesterday afternoon. I played with the control knob a bit after that and the 2nd sandwich was done in a normal time frame.

I think we've discovered four issues with our apartment, none of which are major issues.
  • no broom or mop in the apartment. Niamh and Rowan are eating breakfast now and the might be more cereal on the floor than in them.
  • no plug for the bathtub. This makes bath time a bit more complicated.
  • small elevator. There is an elevator, but our stroller won't fit in it. It isn't the end of the world, but it would be nice not to have to carry a stroller with a sleeping baby up the stairs
  • the curtains don't keep out the light. There was enough light coming through the curtains last night that we didn't need any lights on in the apartment.

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