OUR 4TH MOVE - AND NOT OUR LAST, I'M SURE!
Hey, I'm not bragging that we've moved four times since arriving seven weeks ago to Cuenca. I would have loved it if we had found a temporary place to land and then had gone right into our "home away from home." Things don't usually work out that way for Bo and me. We always have some kind of adventure within the adventure - and moving has been a big part of this journey. I share all of this so that others don't arrive here with starry eyes thinking they're going to find that perfect place right away or a place like they left back home. Trust me - I know!
Part of this moving has to do with finding a place in the heart of El Centro that works for us. Everyone has their personal likes and dislikes which will include their comfort of furnishings (furnished places here are not always comfortable or equipped), tolerable noise (that's another blog post about the "Ruido"), level of cleanliness (I'm a compulsive neat-freak), desirable location, type of accommodations (room, apartment, condo, house), and monthly affordability. I'm sure other things will come into play for others, but for us these were and continue to be the things that we are looking for when trying to find our "home" in Cuenca.
If you've been following our journey, you'll remember reading that we landed in a temporary place that was brand new but, like I said, temporary - and we could have stayed there longer than we did, but we were both overly-anxious to find a place that felt more permanent and that was more affordable (that place was $165 weekly all-inclusive and our long-term rental budget was $500 monthly). Within a week we moved to apartment #2 ($400 month-to-month, no deposit, all-inclusive) and immediately knew the first night there (read the blog!) we had to find a different place. That was the night I had my first melt-down in Ecuador (this implies I've had others - true confessions), and I cried buckets. We found Apartment #4 (the one we are nesting in now - $500 monthly, $500 refundable deposit, month-to-month and all-inclusive) a week after moving into apartment #2, but it would not be available until February 1st. So, we immediately signed up with our $500 deposit to hold it, and we resigned ourselves to stay in #2 for seven long weeks (I lied to myself!). Thankfully, another apartment (#3) became available in the same building as #4, so we signed up for that one and moved in right after New Years ($500 month-to-month and all-inclusive). It was a great transitional place for the month of January and we were so glad to be out of #2 three LONG weeks later!
Nothing is by chance, and there are no mistakes. We make choices in life, and because of our moving choices, we've met more sweet people along the way, and we also now appreciate some of the little things that we would have taken for granted but that are now "gold" to us! We now have real china, stainless steel pots, a beautiful view, comfortable living room furniture, cupboard space for our food, a washer and soon-to-arrive dryer, and on and on. We love the location because it is in the very heart of El Centro and we can walk to everything. So, for now, we're living day-to-day and renting month-to-month, and we finally are a bit more settled into a place we feel we can stay at for another few months. Of course, we're always looking! So, if something more to our liking comes along, we'll definitely check it out. We continue to search every possibility, and it's very freeing living like this because of the option to up and go anytime.
Unlike some, we came to Cuenca to live one day at a time and to see if it is truly for us. We are not looking to return to the States at this time. Every day when we are walking the streets of Cuenca in the warm sunshine, shopping at the open markets, meeting new and kind vendors and interesting people along the way, and living the unencumbered and simple lifestyle of Ecuador, we say, "What's not to love about living in Cuenca?"
Apartment Pictures Tell The Story
|APT #2 BEDROOM - Not my colors!! Not my decor!! Love that arch though.....|
|APT #3 BEDROOM - Still not my colors!! But, getting better.....|
|APT #4 BEDROOM - Ahhh, much nicer and a very large bedroom with a great bathroom to the left! (It's not a Tempurpedic or King, but it will do while we figure things out!)|
|Wonderful view from our Window!|
My beautiful $2 bouquet to brighten up our living room!