San Lorenzo is a very small town. I like the fact that I feel safe. I love the fact that I live close to everything: 5-minute walk from the office, 1 minute from the main street and the Old Market, 3 minutes away from the waterfront.
I still find it difficult to give my address. I guess it would help if I actually had an address! Street names and house numbers do not exist here. So it’s always a rough description which sounds like: “I’m in neighbourhood X. On the same street as the market. I live on the same lot as Señora X. Next to the square with no houses. It’s the house with the pink walls.” And believe me, I’m not exaggerating. So if any of you are thinking of sending me something by mail, forget about it!
Surprisingly, people find my apartment. You should have seen me when I first took a taxi to go the office. The office’s address is: In the central neighbourhood, behind the Old market. That’s what we have on our business cards. But then the driver asked for more details and I was stumped! I don’t have a real map of the city – because such a thing doesn’t exist. Luckily, I had a hand-drawn map which a colleague of mine drew for me , so I used that to give more info to the driver.
I’m talking about this because I made an appointment with someone, and she is meeting me tomorrow at my house. I just hope she will be able to find it because I gave her the info over the phone and I couldn’t show her my “map”. Ya veremos (we’ll see!)