The last few days have been a blur of three steps forward and two steps back but we think we’re making progress. Baby steps, maybe, but still progress in the right direction.
The Good- Our paperwork was finally accepted by immigration today and we think we should have our one-year temporary resident visas in hand in a few days.
The Bad- Between doing paperwork, standing in line, redoing paperwork, finding internet cafes with printers, redoing paperwork, finding the right bank, redoing paperwork and countless other chores we have spent more than 20 hours trying to get our Visas in order over the last 4 days.
The immigration authorities have been extremely nice and helpful but the process has been a very trying and tedious one. It’s no fault of theirs that we don’t speak the language, don’t have internet access and that the entire immigration system was overhauled in the last few months. Very few people seem to have done what we’re doing under the new system and information has been impossible to find so we’ll be dedicating an entire “How To” post once we are entirely through the process.
The Good- We have a line on a nice place close to the beach that will likely be our long-term home. We appreciate all the suggestions we received from all of you on what to consider when renting, we definitely used that input while house hunting.
The Bad- We still have no internet in our current place and tonight the hot water heater starting shooting water all over the place.
The landlord hasn’t gotten around to providing us with the internet but at least he has agreed to send a plumber in the morning. To stop the flood in the meantime we just went ahead and shut off the water to the condo. Yep, that means no flushing of toilets, washing of dishes or anything else requiring water. This is not a “Mexico thing” (our landlords aren’t from here). Everyone else in our complex has the amenities advertised, we just happened to rent from a crappy owner (more details will be forthcoming once we receive our deposit back).
The Good- We had lunch yesterday with Greg and Christy, an American couple who made the drive down to Playa del Carmen from Colorado a couple years ago.
The Bad- They wouldn’t let us pay for their lunch. Okay, that’s not really a bad thing but it’s hard to say something negative about a good lunch on the beach with some cool people.
I ran across their YouTube videos chronicling their drive from Colorado to Playa del Carmen about a year ago and emailed them a few questions. Greg emailed me back and we have been corresponding ever since so it was great to finally meet them in person and pick their brains about some of the ins and outs of living here. They have been a great help and an endless source of information for us, in fact, we drove the route that we did based on the route info they provided.
We may be taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back but that still means we’re making progress. The days have been quite stressful at times but each evening we’ve been able to look back over the day and congratulate each other on what was accomplished and laugh about the ridiculous things we’ve had to deal with in order to accomplish them. As long as we’re still laughing together we know we’re moving in the right direction.
We’re answering our questions as they come up, what questions do you have about living in Playa del Carmen?