Flops, Failures, and Fumbles – Story of a Move

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.

That USED to be our bedroom after a heavy rainfall.

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…)

Jan Miner

That used to be me.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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…)

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Advanced technology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?


11 thoughts on “Flops, Failures, and Fumbles – Story of a Move

  1. When we moved apartments in Dubai, the movers packed my sons dirty diapers from the diaper bin, didn’t enjoy unpacking that box!!!!!

    • Oh, my goodness, that’s hilarious! I cannot believe they did that! Reminds me of the guys in Seattle who packed our recycling stuff, so I ended up with lots and lots of paper and empty bottles in Playa…
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. So nice to see you back!

    It all sounds rather terrible, but does turn into a good story. And — in writing at least –you seem to be in good spirits about it all (though I’m sure there was lots swearing on many occasions!).

    • Thank you!
      Yes, indeed, there were some situations when I felt like just leaving this whole mess behind. But then I always think it won’t last forever anyway. Once we are settled in, I will laugh about all those hassles. And I was right! 🙂

  3. Good to see you back as well! Sounds like a pretty tough move. My recent one was relatively easy – but it’s just getting cold now so I’ll get to see how sealed the windows are and if the heat really works pretty soon. Hope you’re enjoying the house now!

    • Oh, dear! Then I shall keep my fingers crossed that you won’t be cold in winter! Living abroad always makes us realize how much we used to take for granted, doesn’t it?
      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. Welcome Back!! So very glad to see that you finally have internet (and a non-leaky house + a new operational dishwasher) at home now! Well done!

    It was soooo good to see you, and I’m glad you are back at it in your daily adventures! 🙂

    Totally agree that there are many pluses and minuses in moving into new construction. My folks just moved into a brand new townhome after downsizing from their house. Everything was great, but they later noticed that all the bamboo floors were incorrectly installed with no subfloor and some of the stairs were defective and were starting to crack. So now 1 year after moving in, they’re in the middle of having contractors re-do all the floors thanks to insurance. Yes, everything is nice and new, but still, lots of things to learn about a place after you move in!!

    Good luck settling in, but sounds like you are off to a good start!!!

    • Thank you, Angela! 🙂
      You are right, we tend to be carried away by the new and shiny facade, but, as you put it, “lots of things to learn about a place after you move in!!”
      I hope your family will manage to fix all those issues!
      I am always having a hard time settling back into my routine after visiting friends (or family), but luckily, it is not that hot anymore and therefore, attending to chores gets much easier.
      Hope to see you again soon! 🙂

  5. Kristin,

    Thank you for writing about Lemi Shine. We believe in the power of bloggers and we are glad we could help you get your dishes clean. If you like, we may be able to ship you one of our 5 gallon buckets to hold you over. Please email Angela@EnviroconTech.com if you are interested.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday

    • Hey Dustin,
      Although I didn’t intend to plug any product on my blog, this is just too good not to share. It really saved us! So thank you for this great product! And wow, what an offer! Thank you so much, I will contact Angela.
      Have a great day, too!

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