Time flies

It has been a couple of weeks since an update. I could say we have been busy, and we have a little, but I have really just slacked off 🙂

Here are the major happenings in our corner of the world:

Immigration

Kathy’s residente temporal status has been approved.  On Monday she will go into the immigration office to sign documents and get fingerprinted and she should have her card by the end of next week.  This status is renewable after a year and is good for a maximum of four years.  After that she can apply for the residente permanente status.  Her application for temporal status was based on unidad familiar (family unity) and we had to sign a statement saying I would be responsible for her.  She now jokes that she is an officially kept woman.

Housing

We are moving to a new house at the end of the month.  The current one started out as a three month lease and the owner is willing to go on a month-by-month basis but, with the house on the market, we want something longer-term and more stable.

The new house is in the Santiago neighborhood, a couple of blocks from Parque Santiago and its market and not far from the Merida English Library.  It is a very nice three bedroom, three bath two-story home with nice garden areas and a swimming pool.  After a string of days near 100 degrees (it is the hot season here), we are glad to have decided a pool is a requirement.

Fortunately we made the decision to move before we unpacked all the boxes we had shipped down, so preparation for this move will not be a daunting task.

Car

We have put down a deposit on a Toyota Avanza, a small minivan that is not available in the USA.  Now we just have to open a bank account next week and transfer down the money to pay for it.

Kathy’s Spanish Class

Kathy did a two week Spanish immersion experience at a language school – Habla is the name of the school.  She was pleased with the experience and will be going twice a week now.  We are doing some Spanish talk at home.  Learning a new language can be a difficult task, but she is off to a good start.

That is the short update on the more significant hapenings in our lives.  We have been here for close to three months and I continue to be very pleased with our decision to move here.

 

Vacation: Valladolid, Ek Balaam, Mahahual and Tulum

Friends from the States, Mike and Bonny, flew down in mid-March and were here for 10 days.  We spent a couple of days hanging out in Mérida and then headed out for Ek Balaam and  Valladolid, staying at the Meson de Marques hotel for one night.

Here we are at the end of end of the tour

Here we are at the end of end of the tour

We left Valladolid the next morning and drove to Mahahual, a small town on the Caribbean coast that has a cruise ship pier.  We like it when there is not a ship in town.  After eating some food at Jaime’s place and buying supplies, we headed a few kilometers north on the beach road to Casa Azucar, promptly named the Sugar Shack by the misses.

P1080101View to the north

Nice :)

Nice 🙂

We spent three nights there – house was powered by solar and a diesel generator.  Generator gave out on the last night, but dinner was already cooked and we had a lantern and candles.

From there we headed to the Tulum beach road for two nights, getting together with additional friends from the States and from Playa del Carmen – at Ziggy’s beach.  Very nice day.  They have excellent food.  That is my partner in the black swimsuit, with Bonny in the hat and Alicia.

Ziggy BeachBocce was played, some Italian spectators assembled, including one old man who dubbed Mike the champion.  The photo below shows two beginners.  Mike was nice enough to leave a bocce set here.

P1080233That is it for the vacation.  We are back in Merida, Kathy is in a two week Spanish immersion class, after which she will be in class two days a week and I am starting to look for a car to buy.