We moved to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca México in May 2021, in that time we have moved 7 times…I really dislike moving...
For a multitude of reasons chief being PE is an international renown tourist destination, coupled with it being a favorite destination for the digital workforce drives the rents higher. The local property owners prefer to rent short term so they can adjust rents through the peak seasons. Currently we are property sitting for friends as they are back in the States and knew we had to find our next location by October 1. We have renovated several homes and it is always a lot of work…in México the houses are made of concrete...I promised myself no old homes, no renovations here…
Always on the search for the next place my wife saw…ignored…and revisited a posting over the course of a few days for a house surrounded by weeds with a view.
We made an appointment and met the fellow leasing the house to tour the property. Now we are in the midst of our rainy season and this house sits atop a hill…the road leading up to the house is dirt, it’s steep and pretty washed out. I’m thinking carrying groceries…we have no car we walk everywhere here…uggghh
The house is simple 4 rooms and a bathroom. It has been a crash pad for surfers with beds in all 4 rooms…dark grey walls and a makeshift outside kitchen. The property had the weeds mowed down and sprayed to kill them…the view of the ocean is spectacular BUT this place is a dump! I was ready to go…
My wife was a bit more opened minded about the potential of the place and really loved the privacy and the fact the beach is maybe a 20-minute walk. If you have ever seen the twinkle in my wifes eyes you’ll understand why 30 minutes later I was shaking Maxs hand and we had a new home! Thankfully we had until October 1st to get it ready…this pig needed more than just lipstick!
Enter our friend Neo, he brought 2 of his workers over, Manuel and Antonio, and they have helped clean and paint when they can…the house was thirsty and the walls drank in the paint but now the entire inside is much cozier! Muchas gracias Johanna for adding your touch and direction!
Neo taught me everything I know about Mexican plumbing…we moved, cleaned, and replumbed the storage tanks, the tinakos, on the roof of the house. Making more room to use the roof as a patio and catch those sunsets! We also added new lines for what will be the kitchen and outside hose bibs.
Yesterday I was making frames for window screens and my cordless saws batteries were charging so I went into what will be our master and was meditating…inviting The Creator of All to enter in and fill the space…to use the space as a transition house where we and others will make energy exchanges as we become the best version of ourselves. It was maybe a 20-minute time but it was sweet!
Back to work after the battery got juiced up again but about that time Manuel, who has stayed and continues to help, had a delicious fresh dorado (mahi-mahi) soup that was simply amazing! I jokingly told Neo we may never let him go…a personal chef is not a bad thing!!
We decided to call it a day afterwards and began the work site cleanup…the previous tenants left behind this massive slab wood table and as I was collecting stuff, I looked under the table and there was a grey dove! She was huddled in enjoying herself… she wasn’t concerned we were a few feet away telling her how beautiful she is!
I called Johanna and Manuel over to show them and Manuel said “it is a sign that God is in this house”
He had no idea what I had been praying earlier. Moments like that really rock my spirit I had goosebumps all over!
I can’t wait to see and share what this pig on a hill will provide!
Have an excellent week and be careful when you say you won’t be doing something!