A Place To Call Home…For Now (Noooo Not The Toilet!)



We have been searching for a place to call home. A house or nice sized apartment where we can have the cats and where we can unpack for awhile. There have been a few houses and a couple condos that we have looked at but nothing really jumped out at us or really fit the bill. There was Casa Bavaria, a house owned by a German man,( Yes Chris, there are Germans Here! ) he built this German style house for his mother(you would love it!) twenty years ago and she recently passed away so now he is renting it out. It was a lovely house, great layout, plenty of space with lovely bavarian style antiques and a lovely covered veranda (perfect spot for reading or blogging). There were a couple of problems, first , no screens on any of the windows, Yikes! We would have two escaped cats with no screens or we would be cooped up with no fresh air, no thank you. If that wasn’t enough of a deal breaker, It was right behind a popular Gringo bar/restaurant called Amigo’s, they often have live music and I’m told it can get pretty loud, nope not gonna work for us. Plus it was a bit out of our budget by the time you get nickeled and dimed with maid, gardener and utilities. Then we saw two condos right in town, just on the side street from the Mandarin Market. Now this is not gonna be a very quiet place to live, right off the main drag. Nice to be able to walk to everything but those peaceful birds and the beautiful views we have here would be a thing of the past. And the worst thing about the condo was kinda funny, (if you know Scott) It only had a hot-plate to cook on in the kitchen. Phffff! I hate to be snooty, and we aren’t planning on throwing any big dinner parties or anything but , come on…. I know, we aren’t in Kansas anymore! LOL! There have been a couple of other leads that we were planning to check out but then today we had a bright idea. We decided to go downstairs to the office here at Villa Marita and just see about the “Family Unit” they have for rent here. It is a two bedroom place that is a great size and the price is not bad but sadly, again no screens and it wasn’t available for long term. But WAit! there is a one bedroom unit right next to the studio one we are currently staying in! And guess what! It’s really nice and it’s available most of the next year, starting next Sunday, with the acceptation of three nights in August. It has a much larger kitchen with a microwave and a regular sized refrigerator. Also SCREENS! Whoot! Whoot! Lot’s of big windows to gaze out onto all those lovely trees! Yes, we think it’ll do just fine, it’s also within our budget and we already love this area. So we arranged to rent it until December. They have laundry facilities that we can use, it’s ever so peaceful here and we love the walk into town, although we will very likely be buying a car in the next week or so, If the Car salesmen will ever answer our email! We were looking to rent something with two bedrooms so that when people come visit we will have a place for them to stay but Villa Marita has lovely little cottages and rooms where we can easily house our guests. We have already arranged to possibly rent a room with our friends at their B & B in Volcancito for the three nights in August when our little apartment was already booked. By George, I think we’ve got it! (at least for the time being)

Finding a place where we could feel somewhat settled was something that has been on the very top of our list of priorities so it feels good to have at least a temporary solution. I’m sure if something even better comes up we can change our arrangement here, they are very accommodating. Now, if we can just get Oscar, the car salesman to sell us a car, we’ll be set. It really cracks me up how completely different they do things here. But as I’ve said before, we are in no particular hurry. As a matter of fact, today is day two of luxuriating in our free time. Scott has been soaking up his “nap-time”, that guy does love his naps! πŸ™‚ I think tomorrow, we will get going early and do our walk into town, have breakfast and take a bus into David again to see if we can Beg the Toyota dealership to take our money! Ha!Ha! Well, no pressure, that’s for sure!

Friday is Scott’s birthday so I’m trying to encourage him to set up a T-time at the golf course so he can have some fun. I don’t get the feeling he’s too worried about arranging something “fun” cuz’ he’s just so happy to just be here. Maybe we will find a nice place to enjoy a dinner out? Who Knows. I gotta tell you, right now, our tranquil spot is being enhanced ( I wont say ruined, don’t wanna be negative) by, of all things, drumming! Yep, it’s a curious thing, the kids here love , love, love drumming! It’s funny because it seems to be the exact same beat over and over and over and over and over. And it might be my imagination but it seems as though all the dogs and birds are singing along so that it is a crazy mix of boom boom boom, ruff, ruff, ruff, tweet, tweet, tweet, boom, boom ,boom! You get the idea. I’m sure I’ll learn about what the drumming is about, today is Sunday so could it have something to do with church? I dunno. But I may have to get myself some drumsticks and join in soon!! Ya Never know, I just might be a natural! Never say Never right !!!! Cheers!






About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

9 responses »

  1. It looks very nice. Glad to hear that you are getting somewhat settled and enjoying the adventure of it all. πŸ™‚

  2. Your “new” place looks great!! And so convenient, too. Glad you have a place to call home for a few months. But what will you do during those days in August?? Move out?? Put all your stuff into the bedroom?? No, guess that won’t work. Maybe they will cancel! I’m loving you’re continued adventure story.

    • Oh Boy! Yep! We’re finally here and working on getting settled. My face hurts from smiling so much! Thanks for the invite, we will be sooo excited to get to Ometepe one day, hopefully sooner than later! I’m so anxious to finally meet you and to see your lovely island. Life is good! Cheers! Holly

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