Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Life Changing!

I am beginning to like this life, it has been so quiet, without contact from the neighbours, unfortunately that uncertainty about their intent still exists, so we won't feel totally safe until we have moved, which looks like it wont be anytime soon. Marcela was contacted on Friday by the Comisionista in Copacabana to say she had someone who wanted to see the finca on Saturday, but we heard no more! I am getting the impression that selling houses over here really isn't their top priority, we now have seven working for us, and only two viewings, both from one Comisionista.

It has also been a nice break with Marcela, she has been at home since her medical appointment on Friday, because it has been a Bank Holiday week-end, again. We went out for the day on Sunday, going up to Llanogrande for lunch, and then on to San Antonio de Pereria for dessert, unfortunately the Sunday market there was poor, as it has been on our last couple of visits, so after dessert, we made our way home, we were very fortunate with the weather, it was a lovely sunny day, albeit we saw the clouds rolling in on the drive back.

Yesterday, the Father-in-law, Henry, arrived. He has an urgent eye appointment on Thursday, I still find it unacceptable that someone has to travel five hours for such an appointment, I guess I was lucky, landing so close to the city, where most of the Specialists can be found. I will certainly find him some work to do whilst he is here!

The other decision we, or maybe I should say I have made, is that it is time to sell both of our cars and go for one, the Montero is still playing up, and I don't want to spend any more cash on this one. There are so few Monteros on the market, because they are ultra popular, so we are now looking at a Prado, again dual fuel, gasoline (petrol) and gas, for the economics more than anything, especially as the Town Halls down the valley are doing a study to see if they should include environmentally friendly vehicles in 'Pico y Placa' (prohibited from entering built up areas between certain times on certain days of the week), the idea was to cut fumes, now they are saying they want to cut traffic numbers, so there will be no incentive to buy environmentally friendly vehicles, other than economics, with large engine vehicles. Yet another money spinner!

Before we can sell out cars, I want to get some damage repaired on both of them, we bought the Logan with vandal scratches down the side, I wasn't bothered by them, the car was great and nearly new, but for resale, it would be better to have them removed. The Montero on the other hand, has some damage from cars bashing it on car parks, and the other week, I caught the rear wheel arch on a rock at the side of the road, when driving up the Vereda, trying to avoid a bus. That would probably sell well even with the damage, being duel fuel, but I rather get it fixed first. Will we survive with only one car, which Marcela will need most days? I really don't know, I can use taxis to go shopping, but if I feel trapped, I may get another bike, one suitable for life in a Vereda, on the side of a mountain, whether it be here on somewhere else.

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