We are hoping this is move-in week. But as they say here, TIM (this is Mexico). Or a different culture that both exasperates you, and at same time teaches you to learn about it, and Latin America, and its ability to deal with uncertainty. We experienced the first of the Latino culture last year when 'spying" out Ecuador. But now fully immersed in the Life style here in Dolores, we are learning the culture as not just visitors, but as residents. The need to adjust from the " oh well, I can deal with this because its just temporary", to accepting it, and looking at the need to embrace and not try to change the people here, to a USA standard. We are the new people that need to understand & respect what is here.
Brought some of our bins, from O'Fallon out to home. Elaine spent the day in the kitchen, cleaning, as I walked to the stores to purchase necessities, bucket, mop. broom, bleach, soap, etc for the "Elaine approved" cleaning that is required before living in the house. The owner had a crew in, cleaning, scrubbing, installing etc. And from what we have heard that is better than a lot of renters get. Still there are plumbing issues mainly that I will bring up to landlord & see if they will address. We are getting an 8ft x 9ft metal gate built, that will close off access from back yard( using the term loosely). Mainly for privacy. We have a 6 stand alone housing compound, witha gate on street to open to get in. It isn't locked but you have to get out of car, slide back and close for off-street parking. Much easier than looking for parking on the street. because we are just 4 blocks, from the "jardin" (town square traditional park) it is very crowded with pedestrians, cars, vendors, children etc. We will be walking mostly to avoid the stress of negotiating the traffic.
For example yesterday after coming back from the "bodega'. walmart, I parked then went walking to downtown to locksmith that Tom L. took us to Monday, to have them provide new keys, went there, talked to owners wife, gestured and spoke my limited spanish, to indicate our need. She sent her son back with me, he removed locks, so as to rekey. Then the father, and uncle returned(regresso) with him to install. $340 pesos($20 usd). I was out, so Elaine paid them. That involved 3 men, 2 trips, 6 keys, and a new lock for front door because it was broke. For services here it is reasonable, because the average pay is less than $8 usd a day. Thus why it is so affordable here, the minimum gov't wage is about $3 usd.per day!!!! It is cheaper to hire work done than doing it yourself usually. You can have a local sister, who needs $$, to clean your home for $16 a day, she works 6-8 hours cleaning. It may seem like your taking advantage of the situation, but the reality is your helping your sister, and paying her 4 times what she would earn doing the same work for a local business. So there is a understanding you come to appreciate here about working, and assisting the locals, friends or not, and that is why the gov't usually encourage ex-pats living here. As long as your not taking jobs away from locals.
And you have to resist "giving' them money. A few beggars, but not like we saw at airport in Ecuador.
The respect these people have for work is amazing. The term "lazy mexican" is completely false here.
I've seen men loading hundred lb sacks of sand all day long into large truck by hand. over the shoulder, climbing up 5 steps into truck bed and then repeating it all day long. For $3 usd.
Or in the corn fields with a sickle doing that all day. How they will appreciate new world, when they see the fruit of there labors under Christs blessing of the soil.
Couldn't decide which was better- the green or the red, had to try several samples to be sure............the green!!!!!!!!
Here is the group Debbie & Tom had over last sunday, from left-Elaine-Sonya-Stacey-Adam-Debbie-Phil(only top of head)-sister Ramierez-Markus-Isaiah-Bro Ramierez-Chip Feid-Marilyn Feid-bro from San Luis-Tom Lipperd.
We had at same time as we moved here, a brother from Chile moved in with his wife, and her daughter.
They have rented a home just around the corner from Tom & Debbie house. They have come from serving in Chile, and will be with Dolores for awhile. There are 7-9 that have moved in or going to in 45 days, Will have pics of them as I can sneak them in. Don't even have all the names, but 1 couple have rented the house next to us, and moving in Dec 1.
There are 30-40,000 estimated ex-pats living in San Miguel de Allende. From Europe & north America.
So the city offers many stores that are not found hardly anywhere else around this part of Mexico.
All for now will be spending today, moving our 7 more bins into house, getting internet, unpacking, trying to see what plumbing issues there are, and moving in stove, refrigerator, and washer. Had an interesting option present itself for some appliances. We bought stove, but hadn't pulled trigger on washer & refrig. A brother here asked if we wanted to look at some appliances and dishes that were available from someone who moved, and had left them. So we looked at Elaine was thrilled to see dishes, a nice wrought iron/glass fixture she can put dishes and things on, plus washer & refrig. So that was a blessing to help us avoid more shopping, and save $$. She was touched because after giving up her things in Missouri, wasn't sure she would get any nice things again. Jehovah provides. Again.
Love to all.
Tom & Elaine