Things have been changing over at the ranch. My lease at Surry Hills is due to expire in a month and the unit has been sold to a homebuyer. This means that I shall have to move, just when I was getting comfortable and all.
Things have been complicated further by the fact that my flatmate has been offered a job in Canberra. It will be sad to part ways - he's truly been a terrific guy to live with. However, at the same time I'm glad that he is receiving this really exciting opportunity to further his career.
With all of the above in mind, it looks like I might have to move into a studio apartment, since I'm not crazy about the idea of moving into a place with a group of people that I don't know. It seems like too much of a lottery and a losing one at that, because there are too many annoying people out there. I'm also reticent about the idea of living by myself, because knowing that there are times that I need some social interaction, I prefer to live with other people.
Anyway, I think that I've found a way around the problem. I looked at an interesting place on Saturday in Erskineville. It's a tiny studio which was originally converted from a warehouse. It has this very rustic charm about it and will help me in my pursuit to live a simple and minimalistic lifestyle. However, perhaps the most appealing element is Erskineville itself. Erskineville seems a lot like one of those long lost villages of the fifties. Within one minute of my doorstep, there is a cafe, a bakery, a pub, a newsagency, a post office and most importantly, the train station. It seems like the kind of close knit community where I could actually get to know my neighbours. I really like that idea.
My idea is to spend a lot of time at the cafe and the bakery, making sure that I get to know the shopkeepers and the regulars who go there. This way I'll be able to get the necessary social interaction I need, while I can chill out at night by myself.
What do people think? Am I being realistic?