Our new little house is amazing, it feels so safe and stable. The San Alejo house was in rough shape, it needed a lot of TLC, some of which we tried to do, but bottom line, without our container of household items and furniture it was too much house for us, and we had to move. The new house is small, probably 800 square feet, but nicely divided into three bedrooms, master bedroom, one we are using as office/tv room, and the other is storage. Small living room kitchen combo, but we spend so much time outdoors we don't need anymore and the space is very cozy.
We hired a young man named Paulo and his truck for about 4hours, he worked like an ox and charged us $15, well worth it, and will use him again.
As you can see our front yard is literally boat parking! We wondered how we would get along with the fishermen, and all I can say is they are a treasure. They've cleaned the beach and even gave us a fish the other day.
One seasoned Gringo expat told us that if the fishermen leave their motors on the boat while its parked on shore, they aren't worried about theft. That means someone is always watching, or close by, that means my house is safe as well, good to know. I went to the "farmers market" in Charapoto and bought a bunch of oranges (40/$2) and made a big pitcher of orange juice that I then took out to the fishermen not too long after we'd moved in, needless to say they appreciated it and we are well liked.
The new house also came with a mascot, actually we've been walking with this street dog for some time, we'd seen her over here by the fishing boats when we walked the beach, and now she thinks she lives here. We had named her Dulce, spanish for sweet, but found out the other day her name is Arielle, she answers to it, so I guess it's true, but she's still a street dog. We need to have a fence built, because the concrete wall isn't high enough to keep the big dogs out, our little dogs can't jump over, but Dulce/Areille jumps over everyday, and we have to tell her to Vamos! But a slightly taller fence will do the trick, and give us some wind break, it does get windy in the evening, so that's next on the agenda.
The new landlords paid for paint, but I'm doing the painting as to not be disrupted by workers, and I can do it at my leisure, I've got the bathroom and living room almost done, just need to borrow a ladder for the high areas (vaulted ceiling). Getting settled, and enjoying it, will take pictures as the decorations get put up.
We had a very nice Christmas, expected crazy festival, but here in San Jacinto it's more about Family, so it was quiet. (Apparently San Clemente was crazy and I'll pilfer from other bloggers to fill you in someday this week) We made goodie bags for our special neighbors and favorite store owners, and they were well recieved. We are enjoying being closer to town, San Alejo was a mile from anything, so every time we needed bread or eggs, it was a 2 mile roundtrip trek, but here I'm only two short blocks to the town square, and I can run in and get my things in 5minutes, very nice. The following pictures were taken on Christmas at La Boca, stunning.
Thanks for checking in, I've got to get caught up, so much to post about...there's more adventure to come, so stay tuned!