Dec 6, 2007
We're here! We flew down yesterday to stay for two weeks while we look for an apartment (in the middle of high season, ugh) and see how it is to work from here. So far, so good. Obviously, I have an internet connection. We brought our Lingo VOIP router down, so we have a New Jersey phone number here (the same as our regular office phone) so that's cool.
Last night we decided to walk around some so we went down to Avenida Quinta (the main touristy drag- looks a lot like a Vegas mall but with some nice restaurants). We grabbed a nice meal that wasn't too expensive and then walked around some more. Eventually we went to this little coffee shop where we've been before and drank some coffee and people watched. We even met an expat who was running a gallery. He was about my parents' age, maybe a little older and he used to run 9 galleries outside of Atlanta, GA. He and his wife have been here for 3 years.
The condo where we're staying is in a great location in terms of good places to live in Playa. We're about 6 blocks from the beach and two from the Mega, which is like Wal-Mart, but Mexican, so it doesn't feel quite as evil. It's nice and quiet back here for the most part. It's certainly quieter than our old NJ neighborhood when we lived in Union City. The condo belongs to our cave guide, Pietro. He bought it last year and he and his girlfriend have converted the roof top terrace into a studio apartment. We're staying in the regular apartment with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and they're staying in the studio upstairs.
Pietro and Angela have offered to call some friends who might know something about what apartments are for rent. I'm going to email our friend Sophia who is also living here and see if we can get in touch with her and maybe hang out a couple times this trip.
Oh! And we've rented our house! The woman who is renting it wants to move in on Jan 1, so we're going to have to be outta there on New Year's Eve. She's coming in and painting one of the bedrooms while we're here. We feel like we might have asked for too little for rent, but the fact that it's already rented saves us a ton a money that we would have spent on the mortgage while we tried to rent it.
I'm seriously thinking that we're going to be able to do this!