They guys are still working on the walls of our house, so we are waiting to 'move in' and start getting to work ourselves. They have been scraping white paint off all the walls which uncovered these colors that match the tile floors in each room. It reminds us of the faux painting technique we did in Oakland but it's original to this house. We are going to clean and seal most of the walls, and only add paint where necessary. This will save time and money on paint, and it will have a unique style we have not seen around.
In its raw form, here are some of the walls as of Tuesday:
We hung out in the casita for part of the today and even though it is hot here (92 and humid), the casita with its ceiling fan was quite comfortable. The floor now has a unique rustic tile which we'd never seen before. (In Oakland the pantry was one of my favorite rooms, in Mérida it's the casita.)
Aside from the heat and being in transition still, each day we have enjoyed meeting new people. Especially the local people who have been patient and helpful as we try to communicate. All we have is a pocket translation guide, and google translate.
Living and working at our casa, and learning Spanish ASAP is at the top of the list. Aside from looking into lessons here, if anyone has any good tips on learning Spanish, please let us know.