However, whenever John heads home for a week or longer, then he has to give up the apartment. We pack everything up in boxes and suitcases, and whatever isn't coming home with us in stored in his office. While the apartments are furnished, we've picked up extras like a colander, grater, saran wrap, tinfoil, a toaster, a good frying pan/wok , spices and some knives, etc. I think we are up to two boxes and one very large suitcase of misc. additional 'stuff' that has to be packed and moved, in addition to our two suitcases each of clothes, shoes and toiletries. When we come back, we stay in Buenos Aires at a hotel for a few days and live out of the two suitcases while he works at the plant there, then back to Cordoba to the next new apartment. We really liked the apartment we had on Ovidio Lagos in July and August, but it wasn't available right now. That's why we are here at nuestra nuevo casa numero cuatro (our new house, number four).
So, back to our story..... It was about 9 pm and we arrived at the gates of a huge compound with nine towers surrounded by a brick fence with a security gate. The driver explained who we were and why we were there. But while we had keys that Daniela had sent to the driver, we didn't have the name of which tower we were staying in or the apartment number. John's Argentinean phone had a cracked screen and they had just given him a new one. None of his contacts had been transferred onto the new phone so he tried looking for Daniela's number on his old phone. Luckily he found someone's number, who was able to convince the security guard to let us in!
Up we went to the 15th floor to see our new home. It was much smaller than the last apartment in every way - the rooms were smaller, the balcony was smaller, less closet space in the bedroom, no cabinet space in the bathroom. But once I got everything unpacked the next morning, the suitcases stowed away, and added a few baskets to the bathroom, the space was working out OK. This compound is lovely, clean and so self contained. It is all very new, with a big swimming pool and lots of little shops right on the grounds - several small grocery stores, a wine and cheese shop, a hairdresser, even a laundromat where you drop off your laundry and then pick it up later in the day, all washed and folded for only 26 pesos a load ($5). Since it is a relatively new complex, many of the stores are still empty so the variety of shops will probably continue to expand over the next few months.
From our balcony we have a beautiful view of the Sierra Grandes and can watch the sunset over the mountains each night. But the reason we have such a good view of the mountains is because we are on the very very edge of town, with mostly residential and some commercial buildings in one direction and open land in the other direction. They have tried to create a compound that is like one of those Caribbean resorts where you never have to leave. And quite frankly, after a week of exploring, there isn't much reason to go out into the neighbourhood. Any restaurants are at least five or six blocks away and the only store within a short walking distance is WalMart. All the other shops are quite a long hike away.
The problem is that it doesn't feel like we're in Cordoba. I'm not the type of person who goes to the resort and doesn't leave the grounds. I'm more of a 'get out and explore with the locals kind of gal. So, last week I decided it was time to learn how to get around on the local buses. Now I have best of both worlds - a nice apartment to call home for now and easy access to the hustle and bustle of downtown.
I'm not even sure what all of these are, I just know that I don't want to eat them.