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Note No. 1

January 15, 2008

Is it normal to wake up at 5am with no alarm clock? It’s my one-week anniversary on the island today and I awoke to the splattery sound of rain slapping concrete.
Accomplishments of the past seven days include: getting wireless Internet installed a mere two days after requesting it (Does that even happen in the States?); getting the contractor to start renovating my future living space; finding the best mojito on the island; taking the first set of photos to be posted soon on www.casaelpio.com; swimming in the Caribbean (Did I really tell people I was moving to the Gulf?); fitting my life into two-and-a-half suitcases and not having to pay the extra $50 per suitcase for having too much stuff.
Things to accomplish still: getting my resident visa (deadline in 173 days); getting tan; not getting turista (allergy to the local food in the form of frequent trips to the bathroom); figuring out how to do all this paperwork for the hotel.

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