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My Apartment In Split

So I’ve officially landed in Split, Croatia and will be here for the next month, then I figure I’ll make my way north to Zagrab, maybe even take a day to go to Hungry.   So far my trip has been a interesting in some good ways and in some not so good ways.  First thing I did when I walked off the plane was land in my apartment, take a shower, and sleep.  I shot a video of my new place below.  It’s a small efficiency apartment in the old town of Split, which is an area that dated back to about 300 AD.  So even being in the nicest part of the town, my rent is only $800 for a furnished apartment on a month to month via airbnb.  You can check it out and get a free $25 credit when you sign up for AirBNB by using this link, then searching “Split, Croatia” and then “Apartment Toni in center of Split ”

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In many ways this is much like a tiny house.  It is about 350 square feet, it has a small kitchenette, a bathroom and separate bedroom.  There is a minisplit heater/AC unit like I have in my tiny house and I only have a mini fridge.  The bathroom is a bit interesting, there isn’t a shower, just a stall with and hand shower sprayer and its about 3 feet off the ground, but it works fine for me.  I have this interesting stone wall in the background of the video you can see, its a neat feature.  The couch is actually a futon, so it can open up to have someone sleep there if need be.

I’ve been trying my best to learn Croatia, but its a little hard, because it has some word sounds we don’t use in English.  For example, to say thank you, you say “hvala”  that “hv” noise is hard for me to pick up.  I’m going to try finding a class to learn a bit more.

To make things more interesting, as I was flying over here I had a major allergic reaction to some poison ivy I got while installing my water line to my tiny house the other day.  Mid flight my hands and feet swelled up so bad they felt like they were really badly sunburned because of how stretched the skin became.   I knew it wasn’t anything life threatening, but uncomfortable indeed.  So the first day here I woke up and found a hospital.

I got passed around some and finally was seen by the right person that knew some English to boot, which was nice.  Long story short, some antibiotics, some corticosteroid shots later I was good to go.  The nice part is health care here is pretty modern and very cheap, for my two visits to the ER, 2 shots, antibiotics and 4 cab rides in all cost me a whooping…. wait for it…. $100 USD!  At that price I didn’t even worry about my insurance to file a claim.   As I write this to you my limbs have now returned back to a normal state.

Some photos so far:

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Top 5 Posts Of 2012

With 2012 having come to a close, I thought it would be neat to look back at what were the most popular posts of the year.  So here it goes!

1. It only yurts when I laugh

Yurts will always have a special place in my heart, it was the first alternative house I seriously considered living in.  This is a post that talks about the top 5 reasons to live in a yurt.

2. What is the tiny house movement?

I use this post as a starting point for people just getting into or learning about Tiny Houses.  It gives a general overview of Tiny Houses and some great videos, people seem to really like this crash course into our little world.

3. Living in a Shed

I have always been intrigued by the idea of taking a shed and finishing it to live in.  The advantage being that you can pick these sheds pretty much anywhere for pretty cheap and some of them actually look half decent.

4. Tiny Cottage

I really love this house, just the looks of it, the finishes, the interior… everything!


5. Tiny New York Apartments

Small apartments aren’t anything new, particularly to those who live in New York City, but even for those in the big apple, these are some tiny apartments!

Caroline’s Apartment

Today we have a 430 square foot apartment owned by Caroline, who calls the style elegant simplicity.  At first she wasn’t sure what to do with the space, but her designers helped her see that small is great, you just need to know how to work with it, not against it. 

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270 Square Feet Of Simplicity

There are some really interesting design elements in this house, one of my favorite is the shower, the kitchen is awesome in some ways, but in others I find it lacking.  The house itself is quite flexible in terms of use and has many multifunctional spaces.  I think the highlight of the video is him talking about the quote on his wall: simplicity is one of the most complicated virtues.

Chair Art

One thing that many enjoy about having a home is sharing it with others at dinner parties, visiting guest, having friends over for a party and other events.  But the trouble with a very small space is that you don’t have space to have a lot of extra furniture, just the space for the basics.  Here is an interesting alternative to spare seating. These are chairs that flatten out so you can paint them as wall art when not in use.

 

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