My Apartment

Yes, it’s the post you’ve all been waiting for!  (Well, I think a couple of people have been curious, anyway.)  I spent entirely more time than I should admit in making videos coming from the street outside into my apartment, and then found I could not insert them.  In any case, these non-moving pictures should still give you a sense of the place.  I can email my videos to anyone who would like to get the complete experience along with running commentary; my one disclaimer would be that although I can view them without problem on my iphone, when I view them on my computer they are rotated sideways.  If you are more technologically advanced than I am or don’t mind turning your computer on its side (or craning your neck), please send me an email at jeanielund@sbcglobal.net, and simply say, “Videos, please!” and I will be happy to send them to you (especially since then my hours will not have gone to waste! :))

On my very first day in Cherkasy, I went to see five apartments with my great helper, Olga, and a driver, and decided on this one. It is in the absolute center of town, in the building next to the main bus stop.  There are stores and restaurants all along the road, and a shopping center across the street.  You have to walk around to the back of the building to enter, and the entryway and elevator feel a bit sketchy.  I have been assured, though, that it is reasonably safe.  If you watch the videos you can see what I am talking about.

The second day that I was living here, it was early evening and I was on my way up in the scary elevator.  My fears were fully realized when it jerked to a stop and the light shut off.  In the pitch black, I felt for the call box and spoke into it that the elevator had stopped.  Of course, the woman who responded spoke no English.  When I said in Russian that I didn’t understand Russian, she spoke more loudly.  So there I was, stuck in a pitch black elevator with someone yelling at me in Russian over the intercom, for what seemed like a very long time but was perhaps only 5 minutes or so.  Finally the elevator jerked back to life and when it opened, I was thrilled to escape even though it was the wrong floor.  I now carry a flashlight with me at all times and have learned to say the building address in Russian into the intercom if it happens again.

The apartment itself is on the 9th (and 10th) floors of the building, at the top.  It is by all means a luxury apartment here in Cherkasy, and I am very fortunate to have it.  The driver who took us around to look at apartments even took pictures of it.  Please, come in!

The front door and bathroom to the left
The front door and bathroom to the left
Coming in the front door
Coming in the front door
Let's see the bathroom first. It's just to the right of the front door.
Let’s see the bathroom first. It’s just to the right of the front door when you’re coming in.
The tub/shower.
The tub/shower.
Looking from the tub, with the door on the right,
Looking from the tub, with the door on the right.
Come through the front door into the living room, and turn to your right. You will see the kitchen table with the kitchen to the right and the den straight ahead.
Come out of the bathroom and turn to your right. You will see the kitchen table with the kitchen to the right and the den straight ahead.
Now, head into the kitchen.
Now, head into the kitchen.
The sink area.
The sink area.
The view out the kitchen window.
The view out the kitchen window.
From the kitchen, looking back out into the living room.
From the kitchen, looking back out into the living room.
To the right of the white couch, we can enter into the bedroom.
To the right of the white couch, we can enter into the bedroom.
The view from the bedroom window.
The view from the bedroom window.
To the left of the window.
To the left of the window.
Plenty of closet space!
Plenty of closet space!
Let's go back out into the main room.
Let’s go back out into the main room.
Turn left when you come out of the bedroom and walk into the den. This is looking from the other side of the room.
Turn left when you come out of the bedroom and walk into the den. This is looking from the other side of the room.
Here's my nice desk area.
Here’s my nice desk area.
There is a nice sun room off the den.
There is a sun room off the den.
The view from the sun room.
The view from the sun room.
Look a bit to the left and you will see the shopping center across the street, and the Dnipro River in the distance.
Look a bit to the left and you will see the shopping center across the street, and the Dnipro River in the distance.
Ok, let's go back into the living room and up the stairs.
Ok, let’s go back into the living room and up the stairs.
The landing at the top.
The landing at the top.
There's a utility room with a washer and dryer (pictured).
There’s a utility room with a washer and dryer (pictured).
There's also a very funky room with a gas fireplace and lots of bookshelves.
There’s also a very funky room with a gas fireplace and lots of bookshelves.
The view from the other side of the room. The ceiling is very low.
The view from the other side of the room. The ceiling is very low.  Thank you so much for coming by!!
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11 thoughts on “My Apartment

  1. My first impression from the first photo, was Dr. Seuss lived here! Wow, know wonder the driver was taking photos. I love the bright yellow kitchen cabinets. Add a few blue items, you will have a Swedish kitchen.

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  2. Love it! Plenty of room for your three suitcases worth of belongings. I really wish I could come visit you there. Have a happy, adventurous birthday!

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  3. So glad you got the apartment! It looks really comfortable, and I love the river view. What a great location. We miss you and hope you have a happy birthday! Love and hugs from all four of us!

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  4. What a cool, fun, spacious apartment! It even comes with a dash of daily danger in the scary elevator. Shiver! Wishing you a delightful day on your birthday and sending many birthday wishes and a big birthday hug!

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  5. Holy Cow I love this apartment. Funky and fun. I hope you are very comfortable here – minus the scary elevator scene. Nothing like an emergency to help you learn more Russian. Have fun settling in and making it feel like home. Hugs to you,
    g

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  6. LOL you already experienced my biggest fear: broken elevators! So glad it was only 5 minutes. I would have had a massive panic attack in your shoes, so good on you for thinking of the call box!

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