I knew it would be hard but…
As my 2nd week comes to an end here in El Castillo, Costa Rica, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. When they tell you that you need to watch over your house being built, believe them! This is my 5th and hopefully final trip for finishing construction that, by the way, started April 1st, 2018 (13 months ago). You would think I was building the pyramids. To top it off, I am learning, but know very little Spanish, and my builder, construction workers and everyone else involved do not speak English. A little problem that I, silly me, thought Google Translate would assist me with. Well, let me tell you…as good as Google thinks they are in translating Tico Spanish …they are not! How many different dialects of Spanish are there? Needless to say, this has been a process like no other. Luckily, I do have family here that has helped me with the translation and the legal end of things, getting me get through this the best that they can. I just keep telling myself “you can do this”!
Which brings us to last week and seeing the house for the first time since November. We did have to slow down for a few months due to some banking issues but once we got that settled, we were back up and running. Now that I am here, things are looking up! Tile for the house has been ordered and now my “shipment” of faucets and fixtures has arrived and we are ready to get down to business.
Next week I hope to go shopping with my daughter-in-law to buy things we still need for the house. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend here who is letting me store all my furniture and household goods in his garage. I have made some wonderful and very helpful friends here that are ready to guide me in the right direction. His garage is filling up fast with all my stuff!
The hardest part of this whole process is staying in front of what is needed to be done and staying optimistic. There is still so much to do and I am here for just 6 weeks. The drainage is nearly finished, plumbing and septic tank are going in now, gutters around the roof, windows and doors, tile on the floors, bathrooms and kitchen finished, painting and then hanging of inside doors. Appliances also need to be bought and delivered.
Patience is all I need….
I know a lot of the the finer details, such as landscaping, will take time to complete… just getting it finished now is the key. I am hopeful that this week I will see a push in this final stage. My patience is waning! Thank you for watching and following along with me during my stay here in Costa Rica. Have you ever built a second home? Please give me your thoughts, I would love to hear. Pura Vida!