While Quinn was watching all of our stuff at the local ice cream shop, I was running around town on the hunt for a new place for us to live. The town of Panajachel is very dependent on tourism much like San Juan Del Sur. Knowing this, I realized that it was going to take quite some time to find a home with all of our needs in our price range. We needed a place with Wifi internet, a bedroom, a bathroom and ideally a kitchen as well.
I walked up various streets asking numerous individuals if they knew of a place we could rent. Some were able to help, but very few offered an option that included all of our requirements. Some places were right on the lake with an incredible view at a fairly decent pricing that surprised us both.
We even found an amazing place near the lake for $450/month, two bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, fireplace, two bathroom on the top floor with a beautiful view.
It wasn’t exactly for us in this phase of our lives (see our House Hunters International episode) as we didn’t need that extra room and would rather save the $200/month for the business. It did excite us because we figured if we could find all of that for just $450, then we knew we could find what we were looking for at the right price.
After hours of searching for a home, it started to get dark and it was time to find a place to rest for the night. We found a hostel with a bedroom, a community bathroom, and community stove for just $10 for the night. As I brought Quinn to the hostel that I found, the owner offered us to stay their for $100 for the month everything included.
It was in a great location and definitely within our budget, but the big downfall for us was the lack of Wifi. We laid in our room questioning if this was the right place for us. The price was right, but the main concern was living in a place with absolutely no internet. With the money we would save, we could go out to eat breakfast every morning in an Internet cafe.
However, our work day doesn’t stop when the cafes close–in fact it we usually work until past midnight–so not having internet in our own home would cut out hours of productivity that meant a lot to us both in this phase of the business. We decided to sleep on it and figure it out in the morning.