Remember when I was telling you the story (aka nightmare) about our neighbor problems at Paco’s over here? I alluded in another post to having a new set of pesky neighbors at Locos Backyard Grill. On three sides of Locos there are empty lots and a “Chino.” (More on the Chino in another post…)
The fourth side? Well, there’s a house. It was an empty house when we first made the move to Gorgona. After a couple weeks, the house became occupied…by the hubs and myself! We’re our own pesky neighbors.
It turned out perfectly. When we first moved to Gorgona, we were staying on the same property as the soon-to-be Locos Backyard Grill. We slept in a building that was designed to be like a bed and breakfast, five rooms that each have their own full bath. The rooms were completely tiled, had doors, windows, and a shower in the bathroom, but that was about it.
With the hubs sleeping on a twin-sized air mattress and me sleeping on my yoga mat (don’t ask), no electricity, and not even running water to our room, it was wearing very thin on us very quickly. We tried to get the electricity turned on multiple times to no avail. Apparently something was wrong with the paperwork and then once the paperwork was fixed, some guy was supposed to come out to the property that never did, ever. The hubs and I used a plethora of extension cords to the main house on the property which did have electricity.
As far as the water goes, the property has a well and it was just a matter of hooking up the pipes to the room we were staying in. However, when we pulled out the property’s plans for the pipes and started digging, there were no pipes in the ground. Eventually we dug a trench two-thirds around the building and still no pipes!
The hubs ran a really, really, really, long garden hose from an outdoor faucet and we would use it in the shower. He even had a toilet installed in our room. Talk about the weirdest indoor plumbing ever! When we’d flush, we’d have to refill the tank manually with our garden hose…c’est la vie.
We survived pretty well for the first couple of weeks but were desperate for a change. Looking diligently for a rental in the area, we would stare at the pool of the empty house next door to us daily during our off time from restaurant building and house hunting.
Daydreaming of climbing over the chain link fence with the hubs on hot days to cannonball into the pool, no other house or condo we looked at in Gorgona would compare. We wanted THAT house. Previously talking to the owners, it was for sale and not for rent. After talking with their property manager who then successfully persuaded the owners into renting to us, we were finally moving our clothes and TV in. It was awesome. This house was completely furnished, right down to the linens! The hubs and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about our new life in Gorgona.
We even cut what I like to call a rabbit hole in the fence so we can just skedaddle on over to the restaurant side and back if need be. Sometimes I like to run into the house while the hubs is setting up the music before we open and yell at him to turn down that racket…ahhhh, the joys of being the pesky neighbors at last!
Pictures of the new casa below. I’ll be updating you guys with photos of how we gave it our own gringo flare!
Yes…I made sure to save the BEST for last
After seeing all this, take a wild guess what we were able to rent the fully furnished (and A/C’d) house with casita and pool…I’d like to see how close some of you get!