Disclaimer: I started this post over a week ago, but haven’t gotten to finishing it and posting it, so sorry if it’s a little disjointed at all.
The apartment we found is one block from a BART station and bus stops, so I can walk to the BART to get to school. It’s in a cute neighborhood in South Berkeley, not too far from the downtown area. It’s one and half miles from Ex’pression so Nathan doesn’t have a long commute (very nice if he has a class late at night).
Here are some pictures of a similar unit. I’ll post pictures of our unit as soon as I remember (hopefully both empty and once we get settled in) .
The front of the building (kinda boring, especially compared to our neighbors, but it’s got a gate and off-street parking which is important and very nice) :
The side and “front doors” (we’re the bottom right apartment that’s just outside the picture):
The inside of a similar unit (they aren’t furnished – that’s someone else’s stuff):
The apartment is fairly spacious and has a dishwasher and garbage disposal on top of the regular stuff.
It’s nice to know that we have a place to move to and that we can visualize!
In other news, Nathan’s tests and the financial aid meeting went really well, so he is officially admitted! Jen, his admissions rep, kept trying to connect Nathan with Paul Lipson, the President of G.A.N.G. (the organization that partners with Ex’pression in offering the scholarship that Nathan is in the running for), but he’s a busy man, so that didn’t happen this trip. We’ll have a follow-up financial aid meeting after we move up, so they can hopefully connect at that point.
On the fun side, we spent a lot of time in Berkeley since we were driving around so much, and feel much more familiar with the area. We found some great restaurants and some cool stores (Nathan discovered an Amoeba Records store on Telegraph and was practically drooling…). We also spent a lot of down time with Nathan’s college roommate Ryan (who was in our wedding). I am so thankful to his family for letting us stay with them! We had a lot of fun and it was good to catch up with Ryan and hang out (and play with his new Wii!) 🙂
We also got a chance to meet up with Nathan’s brother Adam and his girlfriend Josi in the City. It was great to hang out with them and meet Josi! They’re a great couple and I’m excited that we’re close enough to hang out with them often. We missed seeing his brother Dave, but we’re gonna be up there for a while
In terms of life in SB, it turns out that Marieke will be working part-time the two weeks before we move, so she’ll be able to spend more time packing and whatnot without stressing quite so much! Nathan is still working away at FedExKinko’s and he’s getting ready to transfer to the Emeryville location after we move.
So to finish this long arduous update, we’re currently in the throes of packing. boxes are piled everywhere and we can barely move around our little apartment, but it’s coming along! We’re stocked up on boxes and packing supplies and have even gotten some help packing from a dear friend.
Since getting back to SB from Berkeley, Marieke was in a close friend’s wedding, so that took up most of the week after our trip, then she went to Orientation at SF State, which took up a good chunk of this week (she flew out of LAX). It was definitely worth it, though since it was specific to my college and major and I got to pre-register for some classes.
This coming weekend we’ll be spending time with the Cahill family, saying goodbye to our church family at Aqueous, and having a farewell picnic at the park Sunday at 2pm (if you want to come but didn’t get an Evite, that means Marieke doesn’t have your email or myspace so contact her or Nathan for info).
PHEW! I think that covers it! It’s been a BUUUSSSSY month!
Oh yeah…our official move date is 7/28. If you don’t get an email with our address, leave a comment with your email and I’ll send it to you.