Just when I stopped believing it might happen, we finally got internet access at home! So slowly and step by step, we are settling in. Of course, here moving is much more of a challenge than it is in Europe or the States – at least, after what I experienced on my many, many moves.
We were lucky to have found a really beautiful new home. However, since it is a new construction, things tend to go wrong. So before we had moved, after the first heavy rainfall, I decided to check on the house and found that the staircase leading to the rooftop was under water. Yes, we are used to leaks in the house, no big deal here. You put out a few towels – no harm done. But this was different. There actually was a little creek running down the staircase, leading to a puddle on the 2nd floor. Luckily, after a week that minor flaw got fixed, and even in the heaviest of rainstorms, it stays dry inside – which for us is a novelty here.
Then we had mosquito screens installed, and I was surprised to learn that it would only take them two days to finalize and install them. But they did, and I was very happy to be able to leave the windows open. It was only later that we found they had left a large gap between screen and window, so smart mosquitos (and spiders, and cockroaches…) could easily access from the side. Therefore, a week later, the guys were back to fix it. However, they couldn’t fix the living room windows, since the gap was too wide. I am still waiting for them to return. (I should have followed my own smart advice to always, always make a follow-up appointment straight away…)
And then there was this thing with the dishwasher which drove me a little bit crazy. And I am talking head banging against the walls crazy. Dishwashers are not very common here. I am not sure whether this is a Mexican thing or whether it is just this region, but people rather have maids than dishwashers. So we were very excited to find that they actually had left a space for a dishwasher in the kitchen, and we immediately went to buy one. (By the way, they also left some space for a maid’s room next to the kitchen. It is only slightly bigger than the room for the dishwasher.) Finally, no more hours to be spent washing dishes! After they had delivered this technological miracle, I had to wait for our handyman to install it. However, since this is a very unknown technology, he had to get himself acquainted with the installation of a dishwasher. Finally, after one week, he felt he was ready for the big project. And indeed, it turned out to be a huge project.
First of all, the American tubes didn’t fit on the Mexican connections, so they had to weld tubes together which they did with a simple pocket lighter. Then it was time to push the dishwasher into its space – and oops, it wasn’t wide enough! Therefore, they had to get rid of some wall tiles. Still, it didn’t fit. So why not take out the wall of the cabinet next to the dishwasher? If only it weren’t made of one metal piece… After hours of ear-piercing screeching, they had removed parts of the cabinet and were able to push the dishwasher further in. And then it got stuck again – not only that the space wasn’t wide enough, it also wasn’t deep enough. (In my opinion, those architects deserve to be squeezed into a dishwasher during hot cycle… Just sayin’…) In the end, it took them 3 days to install the dishwasher, and now it still sticks out a little, but at least, it works…
That is, it works NOW, after we returned from our trip to Seattle. The first few times I used the dishwasher, I was thoroughly disappointed: Everything was covered in a white film, so upon emptying the machine, I had to put all the dishes and cutlery and whatnot in a little bowl with vinegar and water and then clean them by hand… Didn’t seem to serve the purpose. Smart Mr. R. found advice online: LemiShine. Let me tell you, if your water is very hard and you experience the same kinds of problems as we did, get this stuff, it really works! Since it is not available in Mexico, we had to bring back a few bottles from the States, but now, finally, we can really use our dishwasher. Hooray! (And are waiting for the next visitors from abroad to get us our fix…)
So that was the dishwasher story. But I mean, 3 days to install a dishwasher are nothing in comparison to one month to install a telephone line, right? So why did it take so long? Well, actually, it would have taken a lot longer if our friend didn’t have connections to the telephone company. Because since Playa is eagerly awaiting the opening of a new department store, all “telephone men” are currently working on the construction site, and nobody has time to look after private households. We got very lucky that they eventually did show up, but again, it was no easy job. First of all, the little cable booth was completely flooded and all cables were rotten. So they had to exchange all of those first, and then they discovered that nobody ever laid the cables inside the house. Which explains why our neighbours still have their installation outside where it tends to break down every now and then. For the gardeners haven’t adjusted the irrigation system yet, and every day they set everything under water.
Isn’t moving fun? What’s your experience with moving?