20170907: NEW DIGS & internet too!

OK, so the new apartment is much better…

instead of 3feet below the street in a courtyard the has a plugging up drain…

I am 3 feet above the street and a huge street drain 100 feet from the building entrance.

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And yes the landlord OK’d me to put a sign up about my being in business up right where the arrow is.

Inside, well I have a total of 4 rooms.

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Yes, I can lock down my studio area… cleaning in progress in this photo.  That is all done.

I am settling in and making myself at home. Those photos are coming soon.

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Yes, the hot water heater is DEAD! but at least I have a private banos/shower after 20 months. (banos is bathroom)

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Around the corner where the truck is to the right, I have a tortilla place. Fresh made corn tortillas piping hot, 14 pesos for a kilo & I can get a half kilo which takes me a couple days to eat.

Alicia is a person who helped me get this place she lived in USA for years & speaks decent English. The owner of the apartment lives in USA and speaks English.

The Manager & his wife who is the sister of the owner are very helpful. Jorge speaks some English so my little Spanish & his little English makes it possible to communicate. Their food is also very good. I can’t eat beef & pork, but they make chicken burgers and quesadillas. I get chicken & mushroom quesadillas with fries quite often. 50 pesos! Open 7pm to midnight.

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Where that red crate is in the street, is a small store, fresh fruit & veges, Mexican sweet breads, and some basic food supplies as well as dry goods. I can walk to all the stores I use to go to before easy enough.

The studio! and yes folks the floor tile really is that ugly…. but I can live with it!

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About 20 feet deep, lots of room to put my computer desk & should I have clients for photographic work, room to set up a shoot area.

I will offer graphic design lesson on a computer outside the studio on a old computer on the other side of the windows.

2016 San Juan for hire sign

While air flow is not great, the heat is deflected somewhat by the fact the apartment is deep inside so much other buildings. I stay some what cooler in here. It some what funny, the locals grab jackets when the temperatures get down to the lower 70s… me, well I am running around in shorts and sweating even when it rains around here.

At 5000ft+ elevation yes, it does get cold in the winter, specially after 100 degree summers, but this tropical weather around here.

With the private patio, I can leave my windows open most the time and get plenty of air. And since I hate having mosquitoes bite me, yes I figured out how to screen a Mexican window.

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I still have the door window to do.

And yes, I am a bachelor to the max… my private hand washing laundry sink!

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The flowers and herbs are outside now, I have wires for hanging clothes inside when it rains as well. The sink in the banos is not working just yet, so I am also washing hands & shaving out here. But it is nice not to stand in line to wash my clothes any more!

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I can make about 6 trips a day with the dolly, I have to stop and drink my water when I get home. But I am just a Mexican moving as far as anyone else is concerned. Yes, the “American” has weird stuff. But otherwise no one cares & even the local police pay no attention to me, other than one motorcycle cop, taking a double take on this load of wood. The shock on his face made it obvious, he realized the weight of my load. But he just turned and went on up the street without any further cares.

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One of my first meals in the new apartment.

Any way, settling in and having fun once more!

More photos to come as I get the place cleaned up & set up.

Adios for now!

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