If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have noticed that lately my stories have taken place in a different setting. Dan and I have moved!
Okay, we’re still living up in the Norwegian mountains and we’re still living in a cabin – in fact we only moved about 10 kilometers down the road from our old place. But it’s still exciting!
You see, this cabin is right on the edge of town, which means that Dan can walk to work, and we can also walk to most of our friends’ houses as well. Plus this place has a few modern conveniences that our last home was missing, like an indoor toilet and a washing machine.
It’s funny, most people thought having an outhouse was extreme, but actually I think it was living without a washing machine that was the most difficult. There are no laundromats in town, so we had to wash all our clothes (and bedding and towels!) by hand. We did eventually buy a little camping washer that would spin our clothes around to wash them, but I still had to ring them out which took forever and was the most painful part anyway.
What I’m saying is, forget toilets, washing machines are the best modern convenience!
Though I should maybe mention that a mere 12 hours after moving into our new cabin it was discovered that the sewage pipes needed to be replaced and we were told to use the SPAR bathroom 20 minutes down the road for any solid businesses. So not only do we not have a functioning indoor toilet in this cabin, we’re now living without an outhouse as well.
One day we will have an indoor toilet. One day! (Actually Dan and I are in Spain right now and I think it’s all supposed to be sorted by the time we return home.)
I love living somewhere much smaller (read: easier to heat) and Dan drove up to Trondheim to fetch our things from the storage container we had there, so we’re finally living with all of our stuff again! I haven’t had a chance to hang up any of our posters, but once I do it will really feel like our place.
Oh and we need plants! Lots and lots of plants.
Now, we’ll actually only be living here until the summer, when we’ll move into a house in the center of town. But for now this cabin is sort of perfect. It has two bedrooms and a kitchen, though I’m only showing you the top half of the kitchen because I made brownies right before taking the photos and it was a mess, whoops.
I know a lot of you were shocked by how expensive housing was in Trondheim, where my tiny studio apartment cost 9600 NOK (about $1200) a month, but this two-bedroom cabin is costing us 4200 NOK, or about $500 a month. So if you want to move to Norway but are worried about the high prices, consider moving to the countryside!
the view from in front of our new place!