Disappointment Comes in Many Shapes.

Actually, the shapes are remarkably similar–apartment-shaped, in fact.  There are roughly 60 EMTs being placed in the same “Sultan Bin Tahnood” or something-or-other complex in Al Ain, and the apartments are all really, really, disappointingly, cramped.  I’d estimate about 800 square feet total, with a small master bed and bath, and a second bed and full bath (tiny bathrooms in both cases).  There isn’t even a dining room, and the kitchen is ridiculous.  It’s new, which is nice, and there seems to be, possibly, underground parking, which would keep the vehicle cool, and that would be nice.  Otherwise, as far as actual living quarters go, I’m pretty damn let down.

To get an idea of size and such, see Andrea’s blog entry about housing (she’s in the same complex) here: http://fromatlantatoabudhabi.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-new-place-and-hotel-room-long-post.html For some reason iPhoto and WordPress aren’t getting along right now, or I’d post my own photos.

Edit: I can add pics now.  Here are a few.

The first complex we were placed in, Sultan Bin Tahnoon. It's large outside, but not inside.

The first complex we were placed in, Sultan Bin Tahnoon. It’s large outside, but not inside.

Tiny little bathroom in Tahnoon gives an idea just how small the rest of the apartment must be.

Tiny little bathroom in Tahnoon gives an idea just how small the rest of the apartment must be.

This is almost the entire apartment, aside from bathrooms and eensy-weensy kitchen.  The photo makes it look bigger than it actually is.

This is almost the entire apartment, aside from bathrooms and eensy-weensy kitchen. The photo makes it look bigger than it actually is.

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