Mission Accomplished

Got one!

After a long, exhaustive, and mildly traumatic search, we have found a place to spend the next six months.

We’ll be living in a community district called Barranco. It’s not as famous as Miraflores or as spiffy as San Isidro, but its old, cleanish, close to the ocean, and has some good potential for activities in the local area.

The primary reason for the anxiety in searching for a place to live is that we have a limited timeframe, traffic is chaos, and its seems absolutely impossible to get good quality information about how most of the public transport goes from place to place. After countless ‘interviews’ with CUSO staff and volunteers, tourist information offices, bus drivers, workmates, police officers, and innocent bystanders we finally threw up our hands and decided to physically ride around on the likely looking buses while writing down what streets they drove down and how long it took.

Yes, I’m serious. That’s how we did it.

In the end, we stumbled across this lovely place that we’ll be sharing it with another CUSO volunteer, Maya. We had to look while Christina was busy, and so had to sell her on the place based on photos like this one. Now that we’ve moved in she seems to still be speaking to me, so I think we chose well

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9 Responses

  1. Kendra says:

    Wahoo!! So glad you found a place!

  2. Romey Booth says:

    Thank goodness. Hope it is safe (Sorry, you know me!) It looks lovely.xxx

  3. Leah says:

    it looks great! congrats

  4. Rosi says:

    Your new place looks great! Who knew it would be so difficult!
    Enjoy having a new home.

  5. Mel says:

    You mean they don’t have the OC Transpo Travel Planner?!
    The place looks lovely, glad you found one!

    • Christina says:

      As awkward as the OC Travel Planner tool is, it would be a godsend around here !
      Not only do you not know where the buses are going, there is also no way of telling how often a particular bus will come.
      The taxis keep driving by the bus stops and giving a hopeful honk, waiting for someone to give up…

  6. Ymanne says:

    It’s look beautiful! No bugs?

    • Stephen says:

      Hi Ymanne! No, not nearly enough bugs for any degree of excitement. Christina saw a couple of moths one night, that’s been about it. We are on the fourth floor though, so maybe the ones with pretty multicoloured fangs only make it up to the 2nd or 3rd floors. I’ll let you know if we lose any fingers or toes.

  7. Gaby says:

    It seems a lovely place! Enjoy it!

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