I can feel the relationship with my hosts growing as we get to know each other better. We had a fun dinner party this week and played some games which were a lot of fun.
My hosts invited their new tenants living in their rental property over for dinner this week. Being a shared house they often have tenants move out at the end of the lease and need to welcome the new tenants in. When they come to sign the lease, they invite them over for dinner. I personally have never met any of my landlords, so I was impressed by this gesture. Harry decided to make his delicious pumpkin soup for the occasion, and I helped out by chopping up a couple of pumpkins. I was having trouble getting some of the pumpkin seeds out, so they taught me a little trick: pretend like you’re carving an apple, and the seeds will be separated much more easily. I'm surprised at the new cooking skills I'm learning every week!
After dinner, we played cards. It's a great way to get to know each other and it's something we do a lot of. It certainly beats watching TV and it's a great way to connect with your hosts and other people in the home. Playing games is a good reminder that life is not about winning, but about the quality of our relationships and how well you know those around you.
On the weekend I had a very enjoyable time catching up with some friends. As I paid the bill for my pancakes and cappuccino, one thought stood out in my mind: I enjoyed that experience of eating out with friends more than I have before. Why? Because without a rent bill to pay, I knew that I was able to more easily afford more of the things I really wanted to do.
Written by Andrew Butler
Guest in Melbourne, Victoria.