I live in a duplex. I don't actually mind it, probably because it's not forever. This is just a stop on the way to my real house. You know, when I'm a grown-up, and I have a grown-up house with an over grown mortgage. Anyway. The duplex. The insulation between the two halves seems to be very good. We don't hear conversations from our neighbours. I really have gotten used to the boom-boom-boom of their constant music. They don't seem to be partiers, or loud fighters, or any of the other things you dread in close living situations. But....there is this one issue.
Almost every evening, someone over there has a bath. I know, because I can hear the water running. Once the tub is full, the water is off, and it is quiet for a few minutes. Then, in the silence of the house, we hear "pbfffffbt. pbft. pbtbtbfffft." Whoever the evening bather is, they have the loudest, most earth shaking farts known to man. The first time, Hubby came up from the basement, looked at me and said "Was that your ass?!" You can hear it in the basement. It is loud in the living room. Our bedroom gets the sound effect, too. I have no idea what the food is like next door, but I'm guessing beans are a staple. Thank god smell doesn't travel like sound.