House-Hunting

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in the backyard
Woke up early. Bri finished her book. Sandwiches for breakfast. We set off to find places to live. Our first stop was the Fiesta Apartments. They were tucked back at the end of a street behind lots of foliage. The apartments were adorable, small, with lots of stuff (blender, toaster, microwave, etc) and decorated nicely. We could rent a one bedroom w/ a king-size bed and AC for 5,000 pesos. It wasn't bad but there were a lot of old people and the lady giving us the tour lectured us on not having friends over or leaving lights or AC on for too long. We didn't want to move into an old folks' home just yet...
The next stop was on the same block. Really nice condos... They had a ground level unit that had 2 bedrooms (to sleep 4 couples) and the unit included it's own private pool (30,000 pesos)! The unit we liked had 2 big beds, a kitchenette, and a large bathroom.
But it rented for 7,000 pesos and felt a little much like a hotel. Maybe we can talk them down to 6,000...
The third stop was a bright orange and yellow building. The units look like motel rooms. It was cute and the right size (and cheap: 4,500 pesos) but there was no AC. (Though they do have maid service 5 days a week.)
We breaked for lunch at Juanita's. 2 quesadillas de pollo for 28 pesos (mmmm.... so good) and 20some pesos for 2 burritos de pollo. While we ate, we overheard the young man at the table behind us mention that he just moved here from Portland! We had to stop and say hello. He drove down here with his pitbull and rents an apartment really close by. He was really kind and invited us over for meatloaf and potatoes for dinner. (We didn't get the chance to go- still looking at places).
pina

This evening we saw a house. 2 stories, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining room, living room, 3 AC units and a kitchenette upstairs (it used to be apartments). It's partially furnished because the previous tenants stole the beds! We like the place and it's 6,000 for the whole house so we're going to try to convince the owners to let us buy a bed and take it out of our first months' rent. It's teal on the outside with lots of potted plants and a car port. We'll see what happens.
We're still interested in looking at places downtown. Right now we're sticking near the golden zone, which is pretty central. The marina is north of town. The hotel zone is fairly central but spans down the coast. Downtown is south of here and has a more authentic feel to it. We loved it instantly, but it might not be the most economical place to live as we'd have to take a bus up north to the marina. The buses are 5 pesos (about 50 cents... I'm sure you get the math by now) so they're cheap, just not convenient. They're not on a schedule and there are no stops- you just stand on the side of the road and signal them to pull over.
Juanita's again for dinner (still good the 2nd time around). Then back to Colin's house to shower and hang out for the evening. Goodnight!

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in the backyard
in the backyard
pina
pina
in someones front yard
in someone's front yard
cartoon
cartoon
handsome
handsome
Serena
Serena
Coke ad
Coke ad
ugh
ugh
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