Sunday, May 17, 2009

We're tired!

We're tired of looking for a home! It's been a long week and a half of searching for a place to live here in Antigua. Like I mentioned before, it's expensive here and since neither of us are making anywhere near our normal salaries, we have to consider our budget. We set out with reasonable expectations, at least we think - a comfortable furnished place, 2 bedrooms (so you can visit), lots of light (remember our dungeon apt?) and hopefully a small garden.

Turns out it wasn't that easy. We didn't like most of the homes we toured for various reasons: a) they didn't make good use of their space, b). they were dark &/or musty, c) they considered plastic chairs and wood benches furniture, or d) some were just plain nasty! Finding something that fit our standards means the possibility of paying what we paid for our place on Colfax! So, with only a handful of
affordable good ones to choose from, we pretty sure we have found The One......with the exception being that it isn't available until July. With this in mind we have also looked for more temporary situations to hold us through and found one that we will be moving into this Saturday. It is nice, new, clean, spacious, bright, and has secure parking for Dewey. Good enough for us in the meantime!

If you're familiar with Antigua, we'll be just a block and a half from Tanque La Union, a beautiful pool-like structure in a park where indigenous women are often seen washing their laundry. It's a good location for both of us in terms of leaving town for our jobs.

I happened to catch this photo of the Tanque the other day while wandering the streets.


Uncle, Aunt, cousins in IL said...
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Uncle, Aunt, cousins in IL said...

Just checking has been so long since you posted...sure you have been busy with settling in, hope the temporary housing is ok and the house in July works out for you guys. Miss following your journey....give us an update when you can...have you started working too? That could put a little damper on your free time!!!