It had been a very long month since visiting KR and La Corona. It took a trip to Toronto to find the time to fly to PV (long story) and see if all was well. I’m happy to report that “Lefty” (KR) is doing remarkably well, Lilly has found new enthusiasm for the beach, and La Corona keeps rising toward the sun. Despite being in the heart of the off-season, PV was still gorgeous and I felt at home for perhaps the first time. Funny how seven trips in seven months will do that for you.
Sometimes you get to pay back people for their deeds, and this summer I was able to pay Sam Hershfield back for a deed he did for/to me twenty-one years ago: I convinced him to buy a motorcycle again and his subsequent cross-country Trip Report is published here. Fortunately he didn’t kill or maim himself, thus shielding me from the wrath of the entire Hershfield Clan. His Honda Pacific Coast now makes five (5) PCs we’ve owned between us.
KR is rapidly recovering from her broken elbow and subsequent operation. The stitches came out and the sling was tossed aside a couple of days before my arrival. Resilience is the only word I can describe KR in dealing with her misfortune. She’s about to start physical therapy so we expect her to be up to full strength by the Fall.
This trip was actually fun and as-close-as-one-can-get-to-relaxing given we’re building a four story Goliath in a country not known for on-time, on-quality, on-budget delivery. Not that we didn’t have lots of stuff to do and decide, which we did, but we actually got to spend one out of the three days I was there just hang’n. La Corona, or more precisely its neighborhood, now feels like home after 2+ years. While I’m sure the neighbors still think of me as the Crazy Gringo Who’s Letting His Wife Build the Four Story Museum, I know most of them and vice versa. We found a new restaurant that was great and visited some old favorites as well.
I was expecting PV to be hell in mid July, and it was hot and humid, but only in the mid-afternoon. The mornings were quiet, calm and really nice. Evening were breezy with the threat of thunderstorms never far off. While I couldn’t imagine living there in July without a monster fan or air conditioning unit, it was surprisingly pleasant. And here’s the real surprise: the plane coming in was packed and the Malecon was still pretty full. Maybe the economy is turning up…
Back to the business at hand, progress on La Corona is happening in every area big and small:
- Raphael’s Tower is now structurally done. KR’s studio will be the best room in the house.
- The solar hot water system is installed and operational
- The pool is done and operational
- There are terraza’s on both the Observation and Pool decks
- The Observation deck is 90% done
- The ground floor living room and original master bedroom are almost finished
- The basic layout of the kitchen is done
My couple of days in PV were spent deciding the following:
- Selected all floor tiles (third time)
- Decided what to do with the roof of Raphael’s Tower (implement his new design of course)
- Came up with the design for the second floor bathroom (now just two to go)
- Refined the kitchen design
- Agreed on the position of the first floor windows
- Came up with the initial concept for the courtyard
The biggest issue facing us is the design of the two remaining bathrooms on the third floor. Isidro looks increasingly uneasy about the pace of our design decisions as he’s warning that we have about two weeks to make it happen.
Time is marching on as we’ve now been in the construction phase of La Corona for 6 1/2 months , with another 6 months prior to that spent in the planning stage. Now that all the structural work has been done, and 75% of the design decisions have been made, I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel appearing late September or early October. I guess time will tell…