June 3-10, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #87
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.
Pictures: house 101 / 102 and 124 / 125
The Story: Purchasing trip to Granada and another
Weather: partial overcast, some rain but we haven't
been held up.
Units 101 / 102: The structural steel for the upper
level has been started and one area has been covered
with tin to help keep it dry-that is the objective.
The balance of the roof structure and the tin underlay
should be in place by Wednesday.
Lockers and Houses: The exterior of the building is
now parged; doors are being made for the lockers. The
windows are nearly all installed in the upper level.
Prime coat of paint is on. The tile roof is in place.
Floor tiling will begin this week..
Electrical System Upgrade and Marketing: Nothing,
Marketing Units 110 and 112 should close this week.
One of our existing purchasers who wanted to purchase
112 but who came to the table too late with a
definitive offer, has offer to purchase Unit 115.
We've accepted and will, over the next month work on
closing that sale.
This leaves us with only 102 which is a difficult sale
now as it is in the grey work stage and doesn't show
well. We have a proposed color scheme and I think it
will be really great.
Next Project: Not much movement here. We've looked
around but nothing has jumped out at us. We
understand that the vendor of the Ciudad Colon land we
were interested in is rethinking his position and may
want to talk. Paul and I are cool as there is nothing
more to talk about.
On Wednesday Lita and I along with our maestro de obra
(site superintendent) and his wife hoped the bus to
Granada. They had never been so we invited them to
join us. It was a more fortuitous invitation than
I thought. On the trip up, Nicaraguan immigration
isolated and searched two young kids looking for
drugs. This resulted in a two hour delay while they
interviewed them, search all their belongings and
searched the bus numerous times. It wasn't clear they
found anything but they did detain them and the bus
finally moved on We spent two days shopping and then
packaging what we had purchased for our return to CR.
I currently have 4 houses to decorate-three of
client's and our own. I took advantage of some things
available there that are either not available in any
depth here or are quite expensive. It was all a lot
of fun but also a lot of work. We returned around
2:30 Sunday afternoon. The trip was it's normal 8 hr.
bumpy trip with two movies. We were advised by the
bus driver to pay off the customs person so they
wouldn't go through each box item by item and hold us
up for three hours. We did. There was no contraband,
we declared the contents and the value, and they
stamped two passports saying we had used our allotted
$500 import limit for 6 mo. We also had to pay the
bus driver for reasons not known. Immigration and
Customs are two very, very, very dirty sections of
this country and should be avoided at all opportunity.
Don't think you are going to save any money; the
"system" will get it. These are two government
departments which NEED to be cleaned up-everyone knows
it but so far, no government has effectively done it.
Granada is still a great town to visit and to enjoy
the variety or restaurants. Some of the streets are
difficult to walk now because the civic improvement
program which has been underway for the past year,
still has a long way to finish. There were few
tourists and one could stay in any hotel and eat in
any restaurant one wanted-no reservations required. I
saw little new development and generally I found
things pretty grim. We continue to stay in the
Colciboca Hotel II-their deluxe room -two double beds,
TV, air conditioning, and hot water was $34 per
night. They are very friendly, good service, small
swimming pool, and are well located.
Nicaragua is such a poor country and Granada is no
exception. It can become depressing if one thinks
about it long. I overheard several Gringo
conversations about what a great boom was going on in
Nicaragua and how San Juan del Sur was such a hot
investment area... I don't share that assessment. I
found I had to restrain myself.
Lita arranged for her birds to be cared for while we
were away. I offered to reward the caretaker if the
parrot ended up missing on our return but no such
All in all, it is good to be back.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon