While their flat was being renovated BM and RG initially stayed with MSB and DB, but now it was our turn to play host. We didn’t have much space for them because there were many others also in residence at our flat, including my niece AF, who would be turning 21 while with us.
This made for some fun with sleeping arrangements. I found it very amusing to wake up in the morning to find someone that I first met in class as a PhD student (BM) lying next to me. He did not find this quite so entertaining.
Dressing and eating was also difficult due to the number of people and lack of space. Without access to my own clothes I had to raid AF’s chest of drawers for underwear (even though everything was far too small for me). Food was limited, and not many of us were willing to try the big triangular cheese that looked like a parsnip, regardless of my mother’s protestations that it tasted delicious.