A week and a day here and our much anticipated belongings were released from customs! Much celebrating and total chaos ensued as we began the process of unpacking and finding new homes for all our belongings. In the short time we’ve been here I’ve come to truly appreciate a minimalist way of life. Now that all this stuff has arrived its feeling a bit overwhelming. But I know that as the seasons change we will be glad to have our cozier things. And for the kids, being reunited with their things, having a chance to set up their rooms just-so, goes a long way to making this feel like home. Manolo put so much work and sweat into arranging our cargo. It was far from stress free but such a happy ending – with a surprisingly cheaper price tag than expected. Phew!
In the process of getting our boxes we were able to explore another area of town. Akin to the Meat Packing District in New York I think. Once industrial and harsh, it is being revived to be the pulse of hip and trendy. We notice Architect offices everywhere here – perhaps because our cousin/neighbour is an architect whose office is directly next door. It seems like an architect’s dream here. So much inspiration and variety of mediums to work with. Combining new and old, traditional and modern. It really is a feast for the eyes.
A few more great thrifty finds today, the best of which came from the creepy antique/junk shop. Pretty sure I scored the only good deal in the place. Oddly over priced junk (small IKEA lamps for 68CHF) but somehow an item we’ve been hunting for was a mere 15 CHF.
And so, now that we aren’t beholden to the whims of the customs authorities, we will make our way south to the family house in Lugano. From here we will visit Milan (just half an hour away) to sort out my paperwork. Fingers crossed they refuse to let me work and I’ll be forced to while away my days riding my pretty bicycle through town. Just kidding…sort of.