One of the major disadvantages to this quirky lifestyle I’ve created for myself is home instability. When everything else is up in the air, not having a stable address just might be the worst part. It’s probably the thing that would deter most people from choosing this route. And I don’t blame them.
Occasionally I look back on some of my former apartments and try to remember what it felt like to be at home. Places where I could have stayed for much longer. But they rarely kept me for more than 3 years. There was the cute, oddly-shaped Oakland apartment with the red door. I had a sliver of a view of Lake Merritt, a private entrance, and a back door, all of which made me think I was doing something. In Philadelphia I had the nicest and cheapest (in retrospect) apartment, with a huge porch, two floors, a gigantic bedroom, and a view of one of my favorite Ethiopian restaurants. Forget about everything else that may have been upsetting me at those times…they were the good ‘ole days! I had a lease, some keys, and immediate access to all of my belongings.
Today, well, not so much. Returning to Amsterdam has been absolutely delightful, with the only exception being my technical homelessness.
My stuff is in storage (it’s getting used to it). And I’m renting a temporary room. Bleh, even the sound of it makes me queasy.
The place is incredibly charming, with the prettiest canal view. It’s in one of my favorite neighborhoods. And it’s cheap. So in some ways, I feel lucky to have landed on a borrowed bed with these perks. But if I’m going to be honest with you, as cute as it all is, this is some bullshit. I need my own keys, a lease, and access to my belongings.
I only have one more month in the room with a view. And as I’m currently suffering from address instability, I have no idea where I’m heading next. I’m officially part of the Amsterdam housing saga that I’ve so often heard about (but escaped thus far as a student). Let’s just hope that I finally get a grip of these bootstraps and upgrade to some keys of my own soon. Because this foolishness is getting old quickly.