We’re in our new house! Moving in has been much more work than we had anticipated. The day we got the keys to the house we went out to clean it up. We couldn’t move in without cleaning first because everything was covered in cement dust. But when we arrived to clean there was neither water or electricity. That worried me because I didn’t realize water and electricity would be a problem. As it turns out, the electricity being out was a fluke and rarely happens. Water does get turned off often, but normally it goes out around 8pm and comes back on in the morning. So as long as we plan ahead, it’s no big deal.
We moved our stuff in on a Sunday. All of the neighbors were quite curious as to who was moving into their neighborhood, and were outside of their houses as we drove our van full of stuff to our house. We smiled and waved at everyone, and then proceeded to knock over an umbrella someone had set up outside their house and hit a neighbor’s dog! What an entrance. In our defense, it is a very narrow road and we were driving a big van-and we were driving really slowly so I don’t know why the dog didn’t move. He wasn’t hurt badly, thankfully. He just yelped a lot.
|This is the road-some spots are a tight squeeze|
Our house was just built, so while it’s nice to have a brand new place, there are a lot of kinks to be worked out. There is absolutely NOTHING extra in the house, its bare bones. This I hear is the norm for rentals in Peru. The kitchen is counters and sinks. No cabinets, drawers, shelves, or appliances.
|Dan and Seth talking about how to arrange the kitchen|
Our bedroom has no closet or shelves. The bathrooms have no curtain rods, towel rods, or toilet paper holders. As we are moving in its difficult figuring out where to put anything. The food, dishes, and pots and pans are just in piles on the floor. We have piles of stuff everywhere. We are running into some funny problems-things we never thought to check when we first looked at the house. For example, in one of the showers we discovered they had forgotten to put in a drain! (They fixed that for us). We purchased a water heater for the house, but had to take it back after finding that there were no pipes for hot water. We will have to install electric shower heads for showering and my dream of having hot water in the kitchen will have to die. :)
Our directors are graciously allowing us to focus just on moving in and getting settled rather than starting us on our jobs right away. We’re spending most of our days painting and going to hardware stores. We are all exhausted by 6pm!