I’m sick. I have a really bad cold and I’m in a foul mood. The glass isn’t half full at this moment in time. For the past week, I’ve been dealing with a nasty cold, and I’m run down. Our week has been spent pounding the pavement looking for a nice place to live for our final 6 weeks in Morelia, Mexico and house hunting/apartment hunting has proved to be somewhat difficult. We’ve seen a lot of properties, but none of them have been in the right location for us. We really want to stay as close to the main square as possible since we don’t have a car. Public transportation in Morelia is easy, cheap and great, but traffic is a nightmare so sitting in cabs or on mini-vans is not something we love to do.
Please don’t get me wrong, this nomadic life is fantastic. It’s always an adventure and generally I love it, until I don’t. While our current rental, three blocks from the square in the historic district of Morelia is phenomenal, we can’t stay here past October 15. The owner is returning so we have to find a new place to live. We thought about leaving to explore another part of Mexico, but we’re not ready to leave. There is so much fun stuff happening here, we want to stay. But I must say, looking for constant housing is no fun.
Then there’s Zihuatanejo…we left in the spring having signed a four month lease with a man who is building two brand new one-bedroom apartments. The one bedrooms are tiny, tiny, tiny, so we rented both apartments side-by-side figuring we’d have a place for company to stay when they visit and we’d have more space in general to store our stuff. Plus, Andy could hangout in one and I could hangout in the other 🙂
We figured we’d sleep in one apartment, and use the other space to primarily live in. Now when I write about our plan it sounds ridiculous, but as much as we tried, we could not find a nice two-bedroom in our price range in Zihuatenejo for four months, so this seemed like a good plan. Well, the owner of the house where the apartments are being built, (a fantastic guy) decided to build two more apartments (we just found out) and the design of the two new units took away our two front patios. Goodbye outdoor living. In addition to the patio issue, now we’re going to have potentially two sets of loud neighbors to deal with. It’s not what we signed up for. We thought we’d be the only people living there. We did contact the owner, and we may be able to switch to the two front apartments (they will have a patio) or perhaps occupy one in the back, one in the front, but it’s still stressful and we may have to go to Zihuatanejo (4 hours from here) to see what we want to do. Not fun by any means.
But back to Morelia. We did finally succeed in getting a really nice, fully furnished house starting October 15, but it’s about $300 more a month than we are paying now and we have to move out for four nights right in the middle of our rental and let other people stay there for Day of the Dead. Argh! Luckily, we can keep our stuff at the apartment and only take a small bag to the other space for these 3-4 nights. The owner of the house has promised us our stuff will be fine since the people coming for Day of the Dead are close friends of hers.
As I understand it, October and November are high season n Morelia so things can be costly. There’s a huge International film festival, a music festival and Day of the Dead. All the hotels are jam-packed and sold out. I think we were pretty lucky to find this house for 6 weeks.
You can find photos of it here:
So my glass is only half-full and I’ve got a bad cold.
But tonight we’re having visitors for the weekend and we’re hosting people for Rosh Hashanah dinner on Sunday night. I think my glass will be fully full soon.