The move is complete and we are now living beach front in our newly constructed Mobusa home. There were some bumps along the way, but we are generally pleased with the home. Now, we are starting to purchase furniture. Since Puerto Cayo is only about 45 minutes from Manta, we do most of our shopping in Manta. We ate at the Subway and found the bread is a bit harder (not baked fresh on site) than what we are accustomed to, but the pepperoni was spot on! There is a furniture store within walking distance of the Subway/Supermaxi. Of all the furniture stores we have shopped, Colineal had the highest end. They carry Lazboy as well as Heritage.
Took the three hour drive to our house today. The ride there is incredible. As always, we stopped to get the chocolocitas. This time when we arrived, the young man of the house came out to greet me and asked if I knew English. He spoke English to me and I spoke Spanish to him. It was a nice exchange. Met with Jason and Miguel to discuss the building process. It looks promising for a move in date on or about 1 November 2013. Of course, if we move into the house in November, Mark will have to hire out a crew as I will be working in Indonesia for two weeks.
This week, we drove the two and one half hours to Puerto Cayo to show our visiting friend the casa. The pictures are an update from one month ago when we traveled up to see the progress. The Mobusa portion of the Queendom is nearing completion. Don Akins (Mobusa) will hand over the finishings of the house to Gary Scarborough who will be the construction manager on the interior of the home. We have already picked out our finishes and the cabinets are currently under construction. We were not fond of the construction quality of the builder suggested by Gary, so we opted to go with a local Salinas builder Don Padro Edison for our cabinets. His work is amazing and the quality is equivalent to that one would find from a custom-build in the states.
Below are some pictures we took of the common areas. I believe they are ever bit as good as any one may find here or any other location. We are patiently waiting for the warmer weather and sun to return to take advantage of the huge pool. We do not play volleyball, but what a great court.
This restaurant sits on the second street off the Malecon, but should not be dismissed. Julie has free wifi for her customers and provide menus in English and Spanish. As is the case with most establishments here in Ecuador, the menu items are not always available. There is always a suitable substitute for any menu item. Recently, Julie had a new grill installed allowing her to cook larger quantities for larger parties. Worth the money to stop and relax for a minute.
Growing up on a farm in the hills of WV provided me with beautiful surroundings, lots of wildlife, and of course our basic farm animals. Generally speaking, life was easy for us. There were days, as my sister reminded me after seeing these pictures, when cattle crossings were not a welcome site. Our bus rode through cow pastures to get to school, so we were always going over cattle crossings. But the worst type of cattle crossing were our cattle leaving our fields and crossing the road (Route 50) for the greener grasses on the other side on a Sunday morning. Dressed in our Sunday best, we would barrel out of the car and try to herd the cows back into our field without getting dirty, muddy, or worse! These cattle seemed adamant that the grass was greener and, for the record, they must not have been too sure because they were in no hurry.
Having a house built is a bit stressful; having a house built in Ecuador can be even more challenging. Our land is situated on the beautiful beach of Puerto Cayo. We picked Las Palmas for the location on the water and the sleepy town feel.
Our builder insisted that Mobusa was the only way to build a house, and after we researched the company and construction method, we agreed. This construction is reported to be better quality, less expensive, and faster to construct than brick and mortar.