We have moved! Into an amazing new chalet-style house! I’d send you our address, but we still won’t have one. The new casa is:
- Bigger (3 bedrooms – come visit!)!
- More comfy and rustic (lots of wood; think “ski resort” – which I know doesn’t fit with Costa Rica, but it is still super cute looking)!
- More private (behind a huge privacy fence and gate)!
- Has a yard (our last house did not)!
- Has an enclosed garden (I think it was an aviary… but as my landlord pointed out, now it works to keep birds out)!
- The views are even more amazing than our last house (I know, how could they get much better?)!
And for all this, we only had to move 50 meters down the road. (Meters you say? I know you’re impressed that I know what a meter is. But really – Greg told me. FYI 50 meters = 164 feet. Which I wouldn’t know either, I had to look it up.)
Anyway. After we moved in, I was freaking out because I couldn’t get the Wi-Fi to work on my phone. Greg’s phone worked fine… On our computers, it was a bit intermittent when it was raining, thundering, lightening or foggy out, but it IS the rainy season, and October is the worst of the rainy season… so we are OK with that. My phone though, was going to be a problem.
Well, a few days later Greg finally got me to check how many minutes I had left (Okay, he’d been asking me since the day we moved in). I finally did, and it was weird, that it didn’t give me a number at all – just two sentences in Spanish. Which translated to something to the effect of, “Hey you moron. You don’t have any minutes left.” Okay. Well that problem was solved. The Wi-Fi, while still not perfect in the cloudy/rainy times, is really pretty good the rest of the time (including on my phone now).
The house is totally charming. The stairs are all wood and creak when anyone walks on them (part of the charm! Added bonus, now I always know where Greg is and what he’s up to). Here’s a shot of the upstairs:
And the downstairs:
And here’s the upstairs balcony from our master bedroom!:
The windows are beautiful with their criss-cross iron design (which just today I thought is ALSO very secure – ain’t nobody breaking into our house!).
In addition to the balcony off the master bedroom upstairs, we have a long covered patio on the ground floor, as well as a sitting area over looking the valley. It’s all just so beautiful and private!
The biggest indulgence for us, is the house came with a TV! We get CNN (which we haven’t viewed at all), a lot of FRIENDS (oh, joy!), a couple of food/cooking channels (yes, please!), and MUSIC channels! The plus of me watching a FRIENDS marathon the other day was it had Spanish subtitles – so it wasn’t just for pleasure – I was learning as well!
Our landlords are super awesome! Well, ok, I guess we just moved in, but still – so far they have been super cool. The place is totally furnished, but they’ve also thought of all the little things – kitchen towels, dishes & pans, bed sheets, bathroom towels, and appliances (including a toaster oven and blender – thank you!)!
We feel so lucky to have found this place, and we weren’t even really looking!
That’s all for now! I’m making a loaf of “Imperial Beer Bread” today to make my new casa smell lovely. Cheers! — Jen