I seem to have landed on my feet again as far as the Getting To Stay For Free In Foreign Countries goes. The last time, if you recall, I ended up lounging by my own private pool in Belgium, sipping champagne and that sort of thing, hardly able to believe that it was real.
Well, I got an email today from a home owner who’d seen my profile on the housesitting site. It was the photo of me with Kat the Cat that did it, as apparently this lady’s cat looks just like my own little furry friend. She also has three dogs and what sounds like a million or so parrots which have entire rooms to fly around in (I am trying not to let this alarm me, despite my previous experience of parrot-sitting). It is more of a zoo-sitting experience than a housesitting one.
The woman has a lot of travelling lined up over the next few months, and would like someone to look after her house and pets over April and May. I emailed her back, sent her some references, we talked on Skype, and hey presto, I’m hired. Just like that!
And get this: she has already booked my flights for me, within half an hour of our conversation! So I don’t have to be worried – as I was initially – about where I’m going to find the money for that, given that my bank has taken everything I had. It is basically an all expenses paid, two month holiday. There will even be a two week period in May when she’ll be home, freeing me to possibly even get a cheap flight to Norn Iron (it seems that these do not exist from Tallinn) for a wee visit – you never know! I will have a cleaning lady, and an ensuite bedroom, and my own car.
And best of all, I’ll be staying in a quaint little village on the shore of a famous lake. It’s in a country that I’ve wanted to visit since my childhood (as it featured heavily in one of my most loved books as a child), and where I need to speak French in order to get by. My mum will be envious when she finds out I’m going to be living there for two months, as we both have the same childish fantasies about mountaintops and cute wooden cabins, thanks to a shared love of the aforementioned book. Do you know where it is yet? :)
I really do not know how these things happen to me so perfectly. A few months in a different country, with animals for company and no travelling expenses to worry about… a break from this lonnnnnggggg dark winter I’ve just about been surviving, hopefully a visit to the Home Land, and back to good old Tallinn just in time for the bright and sunny summer. Perfick, as Pop Larkin used to say.