Sunday we moved into a rented apartment five blocks south of the Jardín, the town’s central plaza, that will function as our home in San Miguel for the next month and a half. Our first accommodation, Hotel Quinta Loreto, was situated north of the Jardín. So, not only do we have a new neighbourhood to explore but a fresh perspective from which to view the city.
Our apartment has three levels. The first houses the living room, dining room, and kitchen, but is really one large room. The second, the bedroom and outdoor patio. The third, the rooftop terrace. There are baños (bathrooms) on levels 1 and 2.
Where do we spend most of our time, you may ask? Blessed by the temperate climate here in winter, why, on the rooftop terrace, of course! It is there that we sip on Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon at sunset, savour our first cup of java under the warming rays of the morning sun, and, of lesser romantic value, hang our laundry out to dry. At times, sitting up here, casting our eyes over the surrounding rooftop gardens, we feel that we are back in Khatmandu. Other times, inhaling the pungent smells wafting upward from food stalls in the nearby open-air market, we are transported back to Bangkok.
But arguably the high point of our new digs is the foundation our apartment rests on, the ice cream shop on the ground floor! And, yes, they happen to have our favourite flavours — strawberry (Joe) and chocolate (Lori)!