We have two spaces for appx 4 sleeping adults and an additional place for a child. The "spaces" are a guest room and the living room couch. Alex has a lower space under his bed with a fold out cushion. This can also be moved out to the living room for more soft floor sleeping space.
Guest Room - We have a private room that we setup for guests. It has two beds that are 90x200cm.
|Guest Room Bed 1|
|Guest Room - Hidden Bed 2 from underneath|
|Sleep on the Couch!|
|Or the even bigger expanded couch!|
And, to cover some useful information, we present our list of demands! Well, demander means "ask" in French, so really they are just some things we are asking of and presenting to our guests.
* Emergency - If there is an emergency, you can call 112 from any European phone. Our landline is located on a charging stand near our TV. If it is not on the stand, it's in the remote box which is likely on one of the arms of the couch. If you get an European sim card, you can also call from your mobile phone. (To do this, you need an unlocked phone, talk to Dan for details. I just know he loves explaining all of the sticky technical details.)
* Museums and Stuff - We are collecting memberships and residence passes so that we can accompany you to cool places. We are preparing a list of activities and expected costs for these.
* We may not join you at the Stuff - Basically we are providing our apartment as a free sleep location for you. While it is likely that because you are staying with us, we probably know you and want to spend time with you, there are other things going on while you are visiting. The kids have school, Dan has work, Angela does #stuff.
* "Free Sleep Location" - Well, mostly free. We expect that you might pick up the bill at a restaurant when we go out for dinner once during your stay. We also will definitely ditch you at our apartment during an evening while we go out without the kids. Yes, we are trading "free sleep location" for "free babysitting."
* Supplies and Amenities - Lots of USB chargers and American/European/British plug adapters. We have a washer and dryer. We invite you to do laundry while you visit. Hopefully this will allow you to pack a little lighter. We will have laundry detergent on hand, of course. We have a shower room and a bath room, along with two toilet rooms. It should be pretty easy to coordinate schedules. We will make toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel available. If you need any other liquids, we can acquire them. The goal for your packing should be to only bring one carry-on suitcase and maybe a backpack. You will have a much easier time and a more enjoyable vacation if you do this. And we can pick you up from the airport because you and your luggage will fit in our car.
* Not Included - We don't have air conditioning. We don't know how that will affect our summer visitors. We seem to have various weather here. Wind, rain, sun, heat, humidity. I'm sure the internet can elaborate during your specific visit time about the weather.
* Food - We will initially stock the following at our house: assorted fruits, charcuterie, cheese, bread, wine, salmon/trout, rice, sandwich meat, cheese, sandwich bread, chips, chicken wrapped prosciutto, eggs, breakfast bread, nutella, various jams/confiture, coffee, tea, cereal, milk, pasta, bolognaise sauce, burrito/fajita ingredients if you are here on a Taco Tuesday, hamburgers and hotdogs, chicken curry, rice, packaged crepes, pizza ingredients and pre-made crust, wine, cereal bars.
* Food Shopping - We will take you to the super giant supermarket to acquire foods to your liking and perhaps help us restock some of ours. Dan will also train you in the legendary French art of baguette retrieval.
* Help out - After dinner, help with the dishes or clearing the table or sweeping the floor. After showering, our drain is weird, wipe it down. After being here a week, see if you can help out with some cleaning tasks. The kids take care of a lot of basics, like trash and putting dishes away, but there are always ways to help out.
* Travel around Toulouse and further - Unfortunately, due to our car insurance arrangement, we are unable to lend our car out. However, getting around Toulouse is super easy. You can walk most places. You can use a share bike for a low cost. You can metro and bus everywhere. For further out adventures, we recommend getting a rental car. Check your credit card to see if they cover supplemental rental car insurance in Europe. Also brush up on your manual transmission driving.
* Jet Lag - Jet lag can be terrible. Fortunately we have some awesome black out shutters in all of our rooms. If you absolutely need to sleep during the day, you can black out all light. Usually the trick is to stay up as late as you can the first day, maybe go out for some delicious food. But, if you can't, we will have snacks available and let you go to sleep as early as you need to. Our schedule is to put the kids in bed at 8:30pm and they wake up around 6:00am. Dan wakes up early to ride his bike on the trainer on the balcony some mornings. If you would like to go for an early morning bike ride or a run, I'm sure he can help you satisfy that aspiration. I can't guarantee he won't try to leave you in the dust though.
* Potential Departure - We will have a handy list of reasonable, nearby hotels available for you in case you are not happy with the accommodations. We have a medium-sized apartment. In the close quarters, someone may get cranky (it will probably be Will, but we can't send him to a hotel). You might not like our strange square pillows. It might be unbearably hot in our apartment during the summer. You might decide that you can't live without a hairdryer and need the one available at most hotels. Weird stuff happens. It's no one's fault. We just want to be prepared if it happens. I'm sure we can all just get along.
- I'm Sorry or Excuse Me. - Desole. Or Je suis desole. Pardon. Pardon Moi. Excusez-Moi.
- I do not understand. - Je ne comprende pas.
- I don't speak French. - Je ne parle pas francais.
- I speak English. - Je parle anglais.
- Do you speak English? - Parlez-vous anglais?