We are still in the temporary furnished apartment that NYUAD has provided for us while we get furniture for our more permanent apartment. We’ve been stuck here a lot longer than we expected to be. It’s not terrible, but we are growing tired of living out of suitcases and I just want to settle in.
Here’s the problem: the new campus is experiencing a terrible mold problem. I’m not 100% sure of the cause – I’ve heard things like the air conditioners are malfunctioning and there are gaps in the exterior of the building that are letting in hot air – but it seems to be slowly creeping up all over campus and the school is totally overwhelmed by complaints. We posit that they are no longer responding to any requests other than mold complaints. So simple requests like ours – to be given an official move-in date for our permanent apartment – are going totally ignored.
Some friends have had mold so bad that they had to be moved to a hotel on the island. It was supposed to be temporary while their apartment was fixed…but they just received word that they would need to be out UNTIL CHRISTMAS. And the hotel has mold issues too.
…aaaaand then we found mold in our temporary apartment. So finally the university had to listen to our complaints. We said, look, if you have to move us out of this apartment, why don’t you just move us into our permanent apartment, which is just sitting empty upstairs?! Which got that ball rolling. They did a thorough check of the other apartment, which included cutting squares out of all the walls and looking behind to make sure there was no moisture problem, and concluded that it’s good to go. So we placed a giant order with IKEA and as soon as we get our furniture delivered, we’ll move in. (In the meantime, the mold in our temporary apartment was removed. It was not nearly as bad as what we’ve heard from our neighbors, but I know we don’t want to mess around with that stuff, especially not with young children.)
Of course, IKEA was supposed to call to confirm our delivery within 24-hours of the order…and it’s been four days and we haven’t heard a word, but THAT’S LIFE IN ABU DHABI, folks.
Anyway, I went upstairs and took a bunch of photos of the empty apartment that we will be moving into shortly INSHA’ALLAH.
From our current apartment (same building, different floor), we can see them installing the two new outdoor pools (there’s already an indoor pool in the gym). The smaller pool will be just for kids. They are also building an outdoor playground next to this building, but we already have an indoor one. However, the kid’s play area in the other faculty residence building has a children’s library. I have to walk to the other side of campus for that! Harumph!