The move to the long-term rental
We have been busy. In late April we moved from our three month rental in the Mejorada area to a long-term rental in Santiago. Both houses have features we like(d), but this one is proving to be superb! Three bedrooms, three baths (two full, two half) and lots of windows giving us good ventilation. Fortunately the owner of the previous house let us know she would not extend the lease longer term before we unpacked most of our boxes from the States, so preparing for the move was relatively easy.
We hired Francisco Gamboa, recommended by Debi Kuhn to do the move. He came by one evening with his wife to give us an estimate and the next day he showed up with two helpers and his small pickup truck and got to work. Very industrious fellow. By noon we were moved, all three pickup truck loads. Over the next week we finished up and now we are slowly unpacking and deciding where to store things. I will do another post later with photos of the house and grounds.
We have a one-year lease that we can renew. The new house is two blocks from the Mérida English Library and three blocks from Parque Santiago and its mercado.
Money exchange and car purchase
We have been in the process of setting up and exchange and savings account with Intercam and InterBanco. On Monday we will go in and sign the documents. At that time we should be able to work with our financial agency in the States to transfer enough money to finish buying a car. We have selected a new Toyota Avanza and have put down a deposit on it, enough to secure the April discount into May. Hopefully it will all get done next week, but we’ll see. We are going to meet friends in Tulum next weekend and if we do not have the car we’ll rent one for the weekend.
It seems that setting all this up has become more complicated over the years, due in part to regulations intended to make money laundering more difficult. I am in favor of that, but…..
Kathy’s residente temporal card was issued so we are both good as legal residents for a year. Our cards can be renewed for three additional years. At that time we will be eligible for residente permanente status. We used Yucatán Expatriate Services to facilitate the process and, based on our experience with their excellent service and reasonable cost, can highly recommend them.
It gets hot here, real hot. Last week we had several days of temperatures of 100 degrees or higher, topping out at 104 ( that is 38 and 40 degrees for all of you who use global standards for temperatures). The past several days we have had some rain and more moderate highs, and we are forecast to have three days with highs in the 80’s before a warm up starts on Tuesday. The lows are forecast to remain in the low 70’s, which makes for more comfortable sleeping with fans.
I have informally adopted a 100 degree rule. When it gets that hot, I set the AC in the bedroom at 84 degrees before we go to bed. Otherwise fans work well most of the day. This is the acclimation phase for us and we are getting accustomed to sweating as a regular feature of daily life.
That is it for now. With life settling down a bit, with the start-up sequence to life in Mérida coming towards a conclusion, my posts are likely to become less newsy and, perhaps, deal more with matters of daily life here.