In attempts to lessen the amount of questions I have about my apartment situation, I decided to put an update of what's going on.
Well... after the whole apartment situation occurred on Thursday, I went to work and wrote the lady who rented me the apartment an email. I had NEVER expected a response back. Low and behold, though, on Friday night I received an email from her... . Granted it was vague, but an email none-the-less. She said she just found out that Mar went out of town earlier in the week unexpectedly, and she'd give me more info later. She also apologized for the situation. Shocked and confused, I sent her another email asking for further clarification.
Sunday she sent me another email explaining that Mar found out early last week that his mom was sick and may have to undergo surgery. So he left to go visit her, and in his haste forgot that a) I was arriving, b) to inform her (the lady I rented the apartment from) of the situation, and c) to leave a key somewhere for me to pick up. -- that sounds valid enough --
So, I sent another email requesting his email and/or phone number. Apparently, however, he doesn't have a phone since he doesn't hear very well after an accident. And I never received an email address. I also asked her for her phone number... but have yet to receive that either. She did ask for my number though, so Mar can contact me once he comes back to Amsterdam... ... ... I'm still waiting for that call.
Yet again, I sent another email, asking for his email address or her phone number to get this all resolved. In her response she didn't answer my questions at all, but said "rest assured, the apartment is yours, and Mar should be returning to Amsterdam shortly" then went on to ask me to send more money for the following months rent since they're trying to open a charity home in Nigeria. Of course I said I'm sorry, but I can't. Does she actually think I'd send her more money when I don't even know if it's 100% valid??
So, I ask you... is this a cultural misunderstanding, or pure stupidity on my part?
That is yet to be determined!