So I’ve been pretty bad about updating my blog. There’s a lot to catch up on. First off- we moved into our new apartment!! Aside from the expected adjusting to a new place we couldn’t be happier.
Apparently we’re destined to reside in places that have odd names- first our hotel, Address, and now our apartment, Olimpia Self Living. I guess that’s in case someone decides to build an assisted living building with the same name?? Here is a pic of our apartment building. It’s pretty new- about 5yrs old.
We have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. The floor to ceiling wardrobes are heavenly though our kitchen leaves counter space to be desired.
Through the kitchen you can see the laundry room. These are in all the apartments here. Which leads me to your culture lesson for the day. It’s almost unheard of to not have a cleaning lady here. There are two kinds, an empregada is someone who comes 3 or more times per week and a faxineria is someone who comes once or twice a week. The former is entitled to vacation pay, bonuses, a pension, and must be given 30 days notice and a months pay if you decide to get rid of them. In the older buildings there often is a separate entrance to the kitchen and the laundry room. The tiny room serves as the empregada’s space and usually includes the world’s smallest bathroom- just a toilet- so the help didn’t use the other bathrooms in the house. There is still a discernible class separation here though it’s not quite as severe as it once was. Our faxineria starts soon. (;
Our new place is decent sized by our NYC standards but probably tiny for everyone elses. We have a nice balcony and great amenities like a pool, sauna, gym, indoor party room, and outdoor BBQ/party space.
The new neighborhood is called Vila Olimpia and is very close to Joseph’s office. We’re still figuring out the best places to eat/drink/shop but so far we’ve been pretty successful. We won’t get our shipping container with our stuff from home for a while so it’s rental furniture for the time being. I’ll post updates as we decorate and furnish.