So for the past few weeks, we have been busily looking for an apartment. With Adam’s enlistment coming up fast, we had been working hard on getting a contract signed and, about week ago, finally did.
On the way back from the meeting with our landlord, it dawned on us that we were missing a few items for the apartment like chairs, tables, beds, a refrigerator, a washing machine and well… really anything and everything one could possibly need in an apartment. We got back to the old apartment and set about finding these items.
As we made the list of things for the new apartment, we thought about not waiting until the last minute to get everything we needed. Unfortunately, these thoughts never turned into anything more. We spent the entire day and night before we moved trying to get things together. The day’s dialogue followed the pattern of: “This guy has a fridge for 350!” and “Sweet! I found a washing machine for 400.” As 4PM rolled around, we realized we had no way of picking up the bed, TV, fridge or washing machine. We wandered the streets of Tel Aviv, searching for the only means of transportation that we could think of.
Around 7PM, we found a handcart and made our way to acquire the goods. First on the list was the washing machine. Since this woman was leaving Israel, she simply emptied the contents of her apartment onto our cart. What we didn’t think through is that we then had to take everything back to Adam’s old apartment, a mile and a half each way. Without getting much more into the details, we spent the night making several trips to collect chairs, a bed, a washing machine, a desk, a table, a drying rack, cutlery, plates, bowls, pots, pans and more, for which we paid only 400 Shekel.
Now that we had everything together, the next step was somehow getting it to our new apartment. After much research and making a lot of calls, we found a man who offered to come with his moving truck and drive us wherever we needed. The only caveat: he wouldn’t do any of the moving, we had to do it all ourselves. As is quickly becoming a recurring theme in this blog, we signed up, like a couple of dopes.
The next morning at the crack of dawn, with all of our belongings at the bottom of the stairs, we met our truck-bearing friend, the one and only Shimon (pronounced sheep without the ‘p’ plus ‘moan’). We got our first surprise of the day when we saw the ‘truck’ he brought with him was this:
No, that is not the back of an otherwise long and spacious moving truck with the words “WE WILL MOVE EVERYTHING” painted on the back. Rather, it is the side of the wagon-on-wheels that our trustworthy guide tied to the back of his car, bearing the reassuring logo “little moves for a little price.” Not understanding how we would fit even one of the items into it, we naturally became a little worried. What we would soon find, though, is that through a novel mix of breaking the laws of physics, rules of the road, and general safety practices, Shimon could do it all. In addition to what we had at the apartment, we went on to pick up a full refrigerator, closet, giant TV, and a couch.
The final product of our labor:
3.) All of our bags
5.) Washing Machine
7.) Six Chairs
8.) Fully Constructed Bed Frame
9.) Two Double Mattresses
10.) Two Large Boxes
13.) Three-door Closet
With all of this attached, especially the TV in the back, we hoped Shimon would drive slow and steady, showing some care for literally everything that we owned. Instead, in classic Israeli style, he flew through traffic, giving the same importance to lanes as Germans give to borders.
We miraculously arrived in Givatayim without incident and spent the next several hours schlepping everything up several flights of stairs and through narrow hallways, the highlight of which was Yon and Shimon simply strapping themselves to a full-sized refrigerator. With the furniture strewn all over the apartment, minus a few mishaps (post to come), we were happy to finally settle in. One celebratory shot of whiskey later, we were both ready for the first night in our new home.
לחיים | L’Chaim
Yon and Adam
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