Julie has been pacing the isles of furniture stores now for dozens of hours these last few weeks, and her efforts came to a head this week. She has been scoping out the best deals to furnish our new apartment, and just yesterday, we made a grand purchase at the nearby Ikea. Ikeas are everywhere in Spain; there are at least 4 in Madrid. It has been Julie’s goal that we wouldn’t have everything Ikea, and she’s sticking to her guns on some things. But we also have been able to snatch up non-pressboard wood furniture elsewhere. Even so, when it came right down to it, Ikea was incredibly practical: for lights, for mirrors, for mattresses, for bookshelves, etc.
And last night, we signed on the dotted line for our piso. Finally! We are thrilled with our new landlords, the location of the piso, and–most of all–that the search is now over. We move in on Friday night.