We arrived in Stockholm Monday evening, on schedule and with very easy travels. After so much uncertainty and a cancelled set of flights and additional flight changes we were braced for some chaos – but everything up to and including the cab that brought us and our copious luggage from the airport to our new apartment was smooth, if a little changed by COVID-19.
Since we arrived after offices were closed, my new colleague (and longer-term friend) Linda offered to pick up the keys and give them to us when we arrived. Linda had also stored a suitcase at her place since March, so we picked that up… and she also gave us a delightful welcome pack with drinks, snacks, fresh fruit, a small bouquet of wildflowers and a plant to liven up our new apartment! So kind.
The only drama started when we tried to put the key in the door – and it wouldn’t turn. The lock seemed to be in the ‘service position’ so some of our new neighbours tried to give it a go… but no luck. The pre-arrival move in information was pretty comprehensive, so I made a call to the 24-7 property management service and they said they’d send someone out to take a look at it. This would be a great time to go for a jet-lag fighting walk, but we had 5 suitcases and 2 backpacks, so that wasn’t very practical. So, we waited in the stairwell, and after a while Graham went out to get some groceries or dinner and breakfast.
2.5 hour later…
I called the property management company to ask what was up, and they said they’d delegated the call out to a local locksmith company. On being connecting with the locksmith company, they didn’t have a record of the help request. After long travels and not a lot of sleep, my brain was feeling a bit mushy, so we decided to give up, spend the night in a hotel, and come back to work it out the next day. I was changed and in bed when my phone rang… it was the locksmith, 15 min away! I got dressed and jogged back to the apartment.
The good news is we got access to the apartment, and the next morning came in and starting working with our lighting-quick internet.