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Old 07-31-2006, 09:29 AM   #1
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I'm an expat (maybe) american songwriter who's just looking for a quiet inexpensive (total bills under €350) place, city or rural, to lay low & focus on my writing for a couple months anywhere in Eastern Europe. Does anyone know anywhere you could recommend I look?
Right now I'm staying at a hostel in Koln and I canīt afford to physically go from town to town, country to country, asking the locals, hoping I eventually get a lead.

Iīve tried google searching but all that comes up is expensive nightly-rent "apartments" (hotels, basically) for rich tourists. Antrec.ro was recommended but they donīt list prices. I emailed them a few days ago and they didnīt respond. Iīve also checked all the Craigslists for Eastern Europe and only Budapest had any appropriate listings. (still waiting to hear back from them)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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ok in Budapest check out the "budapestsun" you can find their link at www.budapestsun.com

otherwise try googling expat groups for the country you want to stay at. Its definately cheaper to stay out of the capitals and cheaper again to share with other people.
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Hey, iīm not sure about Eastern Europe, but this helped when I was planning to go to Australia. If you go to any college/university website (thatīs in E.E.) they usually have links for shared accomodations with students and other cheap apartments.
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You could probably find something fairly cheap in the Baltics, outside of the capitals (Vilnius, Riga or Estonia). How you would go about doing this is more of a challenge. I have an idea that might work, which you could probably apply to any country (not just the Baltics), but since I'm most familiar with Lithuania, I'll use those terms.

I would contact the Tourism Office in Vilnius, which can suggest a travel agency which arranges for accommodations out in the countryside. Get in touch with them, and ask if they can suggest someplace for a month or so. If you were committing to a longish stay, they'd probably arrange quite a good rate. We rented a four room house for a week, for about $100, (for our family of 6), but for just one person, you could probably arrange to rent just a room for less than $100 a month, maybe a little more to get room and board. If you don't mind outhouses and living in close proximity with a non-English speaking family, in a small, isolated community, I think it would be quite possible to make such an arrangement - and what an incredible experience. I would suggest making the inquiry for a month, so that if you don't like it you don't feel compelled to stay, and also so they don't think you're planning to move there for good. If you like it, you can arrange to stay longer, or if you want to move on, you can do the same thing in another village or country.

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Funny you mention Lithuania. I posted this same request on another forum and I got a lengthy email from the co-owner of an inn in Lithuania. Heīs offering me a suite at the inn for only €150 a month. And all heīs asking is that I help some of his friends practice English. Sounds like a great deal.
But then I meet a hostel dormmate in Cologne whoīs from Lithuania. He says donīt trust it, itīs probably a scam. (I asked him to elaborate but his english was so broken I couldnīt understand anything else)
So what do you think? Is this too good to be true? Has anyone else gotten deals like this or is it likely some sort of bait-and-switch scam?
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I'm not sure I can help you find a place, but I can tell you that I'm paying €210 per month for my flat in Eastern Germany. I'm subletting from a student actually, so that may be your best bet to find cheap accomodation. I couldn't believe how cheap it was.
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