Well, it's been another interesting, exhilarating, wild 24 hours! I wouldn't have it any other way!! We're in the house. A cute little furnished one level on the border of Pocitos/Punta Carretas. There really is just about everything within 8 blocks. For the last 24 hours though, that has not included running water. What???? I said the same thing. No running water. We got all the boxes and suitcases moved and we were starting to get things unpacked when the water in the kitchen sink slowed to a trickle.... and then stopped altogether. I thought the water must be shut off to the building. No, all the lines were on. What could be going on? I called Jorge, he'll know what to do (thankfully we have Jorge!) Well he tells me that half of the city is out. A main burst and they don't know when it'll be restored. Hmmmm. Okay. The Disco (supermarket) is 2 blocks away. We'll get a few 5 L jugs of water, but no shower, no flushing toilet and no hard-core cleaning of this place before we unpack.
Here it is 24 hours later and still no running water. El Pais (newspaper) says they are working non-stop to fix the problem, but it was a 40 year old concrete main that is very deep. They hope to have it repaired by the end of today. All of the coastal and downtown neighborhoods are affected including: Buceo, Pocitos, Punta Carretas, Parque Rodó, Barrio Sur, Palermo, Cordón, La Blanqueada, La Unión, Parque Batlle, Tres Cruces, Centro, Maroñas, Flor de Maroñas, Cerrito, Villa Española, Pérez Castellano, Larrañaga, Bolivar, Brazo Oriental, Jacinto Vera, La Figurita, La Comercial, Villa Muñoz, Sayago, Peñarol y Retiro.
Happy Earth day! We're conserving water!!
Other than the *minor* water issue, we are thrilled to be in the house. It is working out really well for us, and we're getting into our routine. Internet was set up this morning and Brad will comment on that. I met with the security company who came by to make sure we understood the system. There was a technican with very good English as well as another "translator" that they sent with. They left a manual for the system in English and also gave us the phone and email information for an English speaking customer service agent in case we have additional questions. I appreciate the English help but certainly didn't expect it. Talk about service! The technician also stopped by again this afternoon to make sure he got the monitoring setting correct. After he left, he said that he was questioning himself if he did the final setting and he hadn't. At home, I would have expected a phone call to set up another time to come by a week from now or something. Wow.
Next thing to arrive this afternoon should be our two furry friends, Pablo and Paloma! I am thrilled that after a month they will be part of the family again. I should learn all of the Spanish commands that they have been hearing from their temporary family. For a month stay for both dogs I think it ended up being 7000 pesos ($280 or so). Plus we had a minor incident with a need for a vet visit and antibiotic shot for Paloma's bladder infection and a refill of her perscription food. Still not nearly the cost it would be in the US, and the vets come to you instead of you carting a sick animal to them. Seems more humane to me.
So that covers the gamut: House, water, technology, dogs. There is so much more to say but I have to leave something for later.
Please send good vibes this way that can fix water mains. We need water soon!!