|Walking up the steps to my place you're greeted|
by Lisa, the guard dog. She climbs
up in this chair and surveys the scene!
Kitchen on right, living room,
bed area, closet, bathroom to left
Yes, I’m here in Jarabacoa! Yesterday Brian and his wife Sissy helped me get some basics. I’ve been to the grocery store and both the fruit and vegetables markets. And, all of my spices are unpacked!! Opening each container was like meeting old friends. Filling up my Masala Daba (where I keep my most-used spices) was delightful.
|View from the closet area doorway. |
Kitchen ahead, front door on right
Bed to the right, living space to left.
|Barnabas hanging out on my cubricama (bed cover)|
from Antigua. Bought the lamp today to match.
You can see the doorway to the closet and bathroom.
So, last night, I cooked my first meal in a very long time. I have to admit, I used about 10 matches on the gas stove trying to turn the flame down to simmer my rice! I also was reacquainted with my spice grinder. In my excitement I accidentally dumped half-ground spices all over my nice white floor... But, oh my, was it worth it!!
I’ll write more later about some of my first impressions, the awesome people here on the SI staff, and maybe about my less-than-fun trip here. But, for now… my new place:
I got here on Thursday afternoon and immediately fell in love with my new little home. I spent several hours that night, and a good part of Friday evening, unpacking and getting things mostly situated. (Don’t be too impressed – I didn’t have that much to unpack!)
|Kitchen counter... and my Masala Daba and other spices.|
Somewhat fewer than before, but all the good ones are here!
Stove is to the right.
I’ve still got some more to do, including finding a couch. Rocking chairs look quaint, but aren’t the most comfortable for relaxing and reading a book or watching a DVD – or taking a little siesta!
Much more later! Hmm… now that I’m here, I guess I need to change the header on this blog, eh?! Dios es bueno!!
|Eating area. The fridge (and stove, too!) is quite small |
which will take some getting used to.
But, I'm here, I'm here, I'm here!!