We are relocating just two weeks from today. The transition to the other house(s) is never fun. However there are some enjoyable aspects.
We look forward to seeing our friends in Xico; several local families and our new gringo friends John and Jane (you remember the couple that was robbed several times). Also this go ‘round we will make a trip to the United States where we will see our friends George and Pearl in New Mexico and family in Las Vegas. At the same time NOT looking forward to all that driving.
We have not been in the United States for a couple of years. Other than the aforementioned friends and family, it has not been missed. I must admit there are things we will buy, in fact, we have already started ordering things from Amazon that will be retrieved there.
We are in full transition mode now getting the yard in order, packing items away and items to make the trip north with us. This is our third time launching (lurching) back and forth between Puerto and Xico – are we any better at it? Time will tell.
What have we accomplished? We are alive and healthy – important. We built a new bodega and it came in under budget (TOTAL cost around $900.00 USD). We just completed a few details – we started building in December – so a very slow operation.
Looking down from our second level – the new Jardin Bodega
Many ‘making our casa more livable’ projects were completed including a permanent installation of our instant on pressurized water heater in the upstairs bathroom – I love a warm shower- beach weather or not.
Very Cool (Hot Actually) Device. Read HERE
We started writing a new book on buying property in Mexico – progress is slow. Showing about 35.000 words thus far. In conjunction with not having gotten it all on ‘paper’, research continues. So adding to the book information even as we write.
For instance the other day we visited the very posh Costa Cumana. It is an exclusive Hood about 10 miles southeast of Puerto. We even saw a lot we would love to own there. We studied their CC&R’s with great interest. However Costa Cumana represents one of the more risky buying opportunities. We may get into that a little here on the Blog – but for sure it will have its story told in the book.
Anita’s brother and his lady friend arrived here in early November of last year. They seem to be getting settled in and appear to be content thus far with their decision to relocate here sight unseen. Ricardo is about ready to make his second trip back to Las Vegas in that time – seems to be typical – we made many trips back and forth in the early days. As mentioned we have not been up there for a couple of years – and like it better that way.
The weather was a bit different this 6/7 month stay from the preceding two years. We had a greater variety of weather including about four days of some rain (a first). All in all the weather was spectacular and one of the key ingredients of our being here. It will be interesting to hear a firsthand report on what the weather is like during the time we are not here via Ricardo who will be here year round.
The Internet was not as fast as last time – we had some problems. But overall considering the complexity of operating our own radios, we had good luck. On that note we also had good luck with our radio system left operational in Xico being used by our friend’s John and Jane (we share). At least until this last week when there was a lightning bolt that damaged their transformer and glitch’d the radio at their casa ;-( John and I have been working on that problem and may have him up and running before we next speak.
We will be getting more radios or radios repaired in the U.S. I no longer tell people I can help them get a radio system together. Maintaining them is not for the novice technician which is why I suppose it is so darn costly down here. I am glad I have the expertise as it has saved us some $$$ – but perhaps I am short on the ‘expert’ category and thus taxing my brain on occasion?
At the end of the day there is PLENTY we will miss leaving our beach casa. And then we have so much to look forward to including the view of Mount Orizaba from our Rancho. We are getting back just before running out of our Coatepec coffee.
Mount Orizaba from our Rancho in Xico (Enlarge Here)
This weekend we will dine out (we are going to miss the variety of restaurants) and spend some hours over the weekend watching the Masters golf tournament.
Pueblo Magico Xico here we come. Stay Tuned!