One thing about living down here is that almost every day continues to be an adventure. Roberto is gone to San Jose to get a fix of the city and do some retail therapy. So I have had a very peaceful day at the new house.
Our new house is anything lately but peaceful. Of course I could not wait to start building the next building, so right after new years we had a team come in and start the garage/tool shed/caretakers apartment. So along with Alfredo and our cleaner there are about 6 people working for us daily.
The view from our new house is great (and I am not talking about only the beach) We shamelessly engage in Discriminatory hiring practices and we feel the company supplied uniforms are in keeping with the "natural environment".
And our last guest had the nerve to ask me "so what do you do all day? Don't you get bored?" On the day he asked, I was already up a 5am that morning and had to hire a truck to take me to a saw mill and buy all the wood and truck it back before 7am so the wood was there ready for them. That night, I collapsed at 9pm.
Though this Sunday started out blissful. No one here... Woke up to a nice rising sun about 6 am and had some leisurely cups of java while just taking it all in (and not even thinking about the looming depressing election back in Canada "the motherland").
8am; I forgot I invited Alfredo over for breakfast and that after that I had to go over to our beach house and get it ready for our next guest as he was arriving at noon. Thank God the cleaner had cleaned it yesterday and I was just "faerie dusting" the place to try and make it look pretty.
I keep having these flash backs once in while about my old life. Today, I thought "Wow, you traded $100k / yr job to come down here and change bedsheets." Thankfully they are getting less scary. There is always food on the table :-)
Meanwhile back at the ranch (our house), Alfredo is learning how to read and has been studying. He only has a grade 2 education and going back to school at the age of 17 is not really an option since he would feel so awkward and he really needs to work.
The big deal for him today was I was going to teach him how to ride our scooter. He was quite excited about this and because he rides bike real well, took very well to the scooter. So, I spent some time with him for a few runs and felt he was okay to do it on his own.
20 minutes later he comes roaring back telling me frantically that there is someone drowning on the beach. Off we go on the scooter and sure as shit, there is a group of people trying to rescue these 2 tourists that decided to go swimming when the sea was really rough. One made it ashore and the other was rescued by kayak.
An update on this dramatic event.... It was 2 Canadians from somewhere in Ontario. He swam back to shore after fighting the waves and almost drowned and his girlfriend had the good sense to left current take her out past the breakers and just floated in calm water until someone came and got her. She said once she was in the calm water she did not really panic because she knew there many people there and that she would get in one way or another. It's salt water so you can float without exerting much energy at all. They are planning to just sticking to drinking beer and sunning on the beach till the water calms down.
Well, that was enough excitement for me for the day. I went to Cafe Rico and had a leisurely cup of coffee and then went home and played on the internet. It was today, I finally thought I should update my blog.