I've avoided this post for a LONG time. It's been sitting there in my "to do" list for months. You remember that stupid leak that was plaguing us? Well, it is back. For those of you who aren't faithful daily readers, here's the time line:
1. Moved into apartment.
2. After 1 month, noticed growing wet spot on the ceiling in our 2nd bathroom. It quickly turned into peeling paint and then mold.
3. Talked to almost everyone in the building and at the rental company, and found out this leak has been an issue for well over 1 year. But they rental company/owner just kindly painted over the problem and were grateful to get some stupid Americans in the place to pay rent.
4. Ranted. Raved. Made threats. Enlisted help. Called daily. But FINALLY got the leak repaired, and the mold/damaged paint removed and entire situation "fixed." Hooray! We felt so proud and happy that we had achieved something.
5. Two months later, the leak/peeling paint/mold returned.
6. Called the rental company. And they actually came back in a timely matter and began fixing the leak.
7. After one month, the ceiling in the bathroom looks as good as new!
8. After 2 days (Yes! TWO DAY!!!!), the water returns. At this point THERE IS NO ONE LIVING ABOVE US. It is a mystery as to why there is any water running upstairs. My husband thinks that the owner of the apartment upstairs has come in the middle of the night and dumped water on the floor just to spite us. I have to concur, because I can't come up with any other logical conclusion.
9. We call the rental company. The "fix it guy" is mad. Maybe he will get things done???
10. The rental company calls us back 1 week later to ask if the wet spot has dried and the leak has stopped leaking. My husband said that it was still wet. They ask us to call back when it's dry. Wait a minute....is it our job to tell the rental company when to do their job? Oh, I forgot....it's Brazil....
By this point, I have just given up. I actually can't believe we got all worked up about the initial problem. It seems so trivial at this point. Now, we are ACTIVELY looking for a new apartment. This is not just due to the leak. I wish it were so simple. Here are some of the reasons that we are looking for a new place:
A. I don't like hearing our neighbors practice their farmer blows, clearing their sinuses, hacking, and coughing up lugies (as I WRITE THIS SOMEONE IS FARMER BLOWING! Thank you. I wish all you readers could be here to experience this moment with me).
B. Dora has had to put up with a lot of "love" from her little sister, and is begging for her own room. We are looking for a 4 bedroom. Plus next year, Dora will start going to school in the morning, and Bea and Sebastian will be studying in the afternoon. Logistically, it would be helpful to have the girls NOT sharing a room.
C. We'd like to be on the other side of town to be closer to my work, and the kids school (more on this later).
D. We have a neighbor who has become a BIG problem. Not only is she blowing her cigarette smoke into our apartment every day, but her 3 grown children that live with her in her basement apartment without windows (I think her living situation must be a wee little bit challenging) are now calling us uneducated, accusing us of throwing trash into their apartment, trying to take our parking spot, and just generally being very unkind. Ugh.
F. Is it too much to ask that bedroom doors would shut? Apparently so in this apartment.
G. Living on the first floor and having a lack of direct sunlight starts to make a person's soul feel a little dark.
H. Oh, and just to help me remember, another neighbor just threw their juice box out of their window onto the neighbor's roof. Not only do we get the joy of looking out our window and seeing all this trash, but we also get to pick up the chewed gum, candy wrappers, napkins full of chicken and rice (?) and other yummy trash out of our area privativa (patio). Ew.
All to say, we are all done with this apartment. It has been good to stay in the neighborhood, it's been good to save money. But it's time to have a little better surroundings so that