Wednesday, July 4, 2007

New Digs

The View from my Apartment
Originally uploaded by StormyPetrel
Happy 4th of July everyone! To be honest, I didn't even realize the significance of today's date until one of my sitemates called me to make independence day dinner plans.

This weekend I moved into my own apartment. It's a spacious 1 bedroom about a block and a half from where I lived with a host family. It's on the top of a hill, and has a great view from the roof to the Northeast.

Trying to furnish my apartment revealed an unexpected quirk with Honduran cost of living. While it's normally very inexpensive to live in Honduras, the cost of furnishing an apartment is far greater than in the States.

First off, apartments generally do not come with stoves or refrigerators, things that are pretty standard in most rental apartments back home. On top of that, there is almost no second hand market in Honduras. And when things are sold second hand, they're nearly as expensive as new goods.

Our moving in allowance is about $225. That would be more than enough for me to get the basics for an apartment in SF because I could get most stuff for free or next to nothing off of craigslist. But here in Honduras, a stove cost me $175 and a refrigerator $80 and wait, I've already used up my moving in allowance. Admittedly, the stove is a luxury item, but I am going to go crazy (not to mention have a heart attack) if I can't take control of my diet. It's been nothing but fried, fried, fried, boiled, fried, fried, get the picture.

So, I've spend a bit of my own savings on some other apartment necessities, but the place is still practically bare. Next month, I'll use some of my monthly living allowance to buy lumber and I'll build some furniture. I'm looking forward to the project...


A Well Trained Horse said...

fun! I want to build furniture...

Be sure to post pictures when you do.

Honduras Sprout said...

I feel your pain!
Just moved to SPS on 6/19. We've got furniture and appliances, but no dressers, my computer desk is 2 big rubbermaids I used as luggage to move over here.

Make sure to post a follow up on your furniture finds/ building projects.

We got some used furniture and had it re-upholstered. A small love seat and 2 chairs. $150 US. They look nice.