We have officially arrived in San Martin de los Andes (from here on SM). The journey was classic TCLS to say the least. I left on Wednesday, the 4th of July on a red-eye from Orange County and arrived in SM on Sunday evening pretty much travelling the entire time. I have Max to thank for the prolonged experience (temperature regulations in the US). Tam and the kids flew out on Friday and I can honestly say that I am not sure who drew the short end of the stick, Tam or I.
Our new little town is awesome. There is pretty much one main street that is approximately 3/4 of a mile long with lots of restaurants and shops. The easiest way to describe it is kind of like a large Aspen, CO. We didn’t know this coming in but it is definitely where all of the fancy people from Buenos Aires have their mountain homes.
Our current living situation couldn’t be much better, except that we don’t have our own space…more in a minute. We are staying in a home that is kind of a treated as a bed and breakfast except that, currently, we are the only guests. It is a beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bath home on 10 acres and Rosanna,the owner, has chickens so the kids are happy. The kids would be happy sleeping on the street as long as there were chickens. We visit the chickens 4-5 times a day.
Rosanna is very interesting. He family goes back 4 generations in SM. They were actually some of the first European settlers in the region and she is pretty much related to everyone town. Moreover, her individual story is unique. She was married to an international correspondent for the LA times and has lived all over the world. Currently, her daughter lives in the US and her son in the UK. She recently relocated back to Argentina from the UK after losing her husband and previous to that was living in Italy.
Right now our two main priorities are buying a car and finding a home for the next 11 months. Rosanna is proving to be an invaluable resource in accomplishing these goals. We are staying with her until the end of the month and while she couldn’t be sweeter, we are still sharing a home. It is kind of like your first roommate from Craigslist after college. You want to make sure that you are being a conscientious roommate but also need to live your life. Now imagine that you are trying prepare dinner, discipline two kids under 5 years of age and adjust to a new country with your spouse. It isn’t perfect but Rosanna couldn’t be more gracious with us. She deals with our screaming kids, barking dog and general sloppiness and doesn’t say a word. that doesn’t mean we don’t feel bad. In a couple weeks, other guests are coming to stay, so we will see how it plays out then…
Currently, we have the entire 2nd floor to ourselves. We have a master bedroom for Tam and I and the kids have their own room with two twin beds down the hall. Perfect you say, right? Well kind of. Since there has been so much change, there is no routine as of yet. Before we left, both kids were pretty much sleeping through the night in their own beds. Now it is a complete cluster f. Here is a pretty typical example from the last 5 nights:
Dinner, bath, books, songs, etc trying to establish a normal routine. Adelaide goes to bed like a little angel and Hunter plays with his cars for a while in bed. He then gets up, wonders around, comes into our room, more songs, etc, etc, etc, put him to bed three more times and he goes down where he will stay for the rest of the night. Thank God.
About 1am or so, Adelaide wakes up crying for no apparent reason and not particularly upset but will not go back to sleep in her own bed. So she comes in our bed. Any of you who has slept with three people in a queen bed, one of which is a 4 year old knows that this is not going to work. After trying to make it work, I generally get up and go to her single bed, pushing stuffed animals, Hunter’s cars and whatever else has ended up there out of the way.
Being that Max has no access to the outdoors, he is nudging me around 6am to take him out. This too shall pass.
Anyway, things are progressing nicely. We have a found a great home that appears to be working out and are going to look at a car later today. We met with an attorney to help us facilitate both transactions as we are on a tourist visa and we will need a third party to accommodate both.
You may have noticed in our bio that I originally wrote it for House Hunters International. We applied to the show with the hopes that they would help us find a home down in SM b/c we heard it was hard. Well, they never replied and we moved on…literally.
Today, about 15 minutes after we verbally committed to the new home, House Hunters emailed us. They want to interview us to be on the show, so The Crazy Louis Show may actually be on TV. More to come…