Paraguay welcomed us with zero of our 8 pieces of luggage, a whole lot of quick tongued Spanish and considerable difficulty on all our house hunting ventures. But, surely and slowly, progress has been made. Our bags (containing all of our worldly possessions) arrived in bits and pieces over the course of our first week here, we picked up some emergency Spanish words (and downloaded a translator app…), and finally, after a month of hotel living, we FOUND and moved into our home!
Welcome to Casa WolfIntyre!
It’s a beauty of a house. Old, slightly run-down and definitely decorated in the 70’s, it has oodles of ‘character’. Neil and I packed up our lives in Pakistan almost 3 months ago and just, finally are unpacking it here. It feels good beyond belief to be settling into a house, settling into work and settling into a sense of normalcy (now tempered with excitement instead of exhaustion) as we explore Asuncion.
There were times of break downs and cry outs during this process, mostly by me… Neil manages to keep his cool disposition about such things. One was a ‘hangry’ induced moment a couple of weeks ago; we had spent our afternoon looking at houses that weren’t right, I was overwhelmed with students I couldn’t seem to connect with and I was very hungry with no kitchen or open restaurants available – quite the disastrous combination. Frustrated, I wrote down what I wanted, spoke it out loud and then sent it out into the universe. And, guess what? She delivered. Not at that exact moment but a week later we landed our home and it fit every sentence I wrote:
Our house is just the right size. It fits us perfectly with room for family and visitors. It feels spacious and full. It represents where we are, who we are as individuals and who we are as a couple. There is light and love inside this home we found and created. I am happy that we were patient and let the right fit fall into place. The outdoor space and pool is green, lush and allows me to feel connected to nature. It’s not perfect, but it’s a space made and filled with love. And it’s ours.
No lie, this is exactly how I feel about our home. It’s definitely not perfect; it’s quirky character leaves some things to be desired. Like how do I buy furniture (unless it’s orange shag) that doesn’t clash with our red and yellow 1970’s tiled floors? The bedroom windows don’t have shutters that block the sunlight yet every one in the living room does? Why does every door protest and groan and put up a fight when you try to open it? And why, do the hot water heaters have to be the variety that only produce warm, not hot water? And whose idea was it to make the closets SO high up that Neil has to stand on a chair to put anything in our top cupboards? Yes, my 6’4 husband has to stand on chairs to open closets! But then, there are the loveable factors; our backyard full of birds and palm trees. Wild, flowering vines that are crawling up our outside windows, a pool that looks like a ‘secret garden’, tucked in a corner and surrounded by greenery. High vaulted ceilings and a fireplace center. A quiet cobblestoned street in a beautiful neighbourhood with a yoga studio next door. And closet space for days.
Check it out.
So visitors, sign on up! We have 4 bedrooms (5 if you count the ‘maid’s’ quarters) and 4 bathrooms (5 if you count the one out by the pool) and some future hospitality to pass along.