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The Gringarican Handbook - stories about moving to Vieques, PR, life in the slow lane and becoming a Gringarican

Brand New Day, Sting, 1999

Buying and selling property can be compared to a love affair - one that goes wrong.  But, that doesn't stop you from doing it all over again!!
 
Although Rosada needs work to make it habitable, Fred and I are ready to take a plunge.  Now that we are partial owners of a Vieques property, we feel comfortable putting the Vermont house on the market.  Real estate sales are slow everywhere, so we figure our house should sell within a few years.  If the Vermont house sells before our Vieques home is built, the other partners agree that we can move into Rosada.
 
We are still waiting and waiting to move forward with our new home.  We turn our attention to Rosada.  My sister and I drive a U-Haul truck from Florida to Maryland, where we will store all items bound for Puerto Rico.  My mother has some small scale furniture that will be perfect in Rosada and I have been collecting other household items needed there. 
 
LaRosa Del Monte is a moving company with offices across the country and in Puerto Rico.  I contract with them to move a load of furnishings from Beachville, MD to Vieques, to arrive at Rosada in early April.
 
On a sunny March day I assist two wonderful men (originally from Puerto Rico) from the Philadelphia Branch of LaRosa Del Monte, with the loading of enough household furnishings for a kitchen, living room, study, patio and two bedrooms.  Each item is meticulously itemized and hand covered in cardboard, from the smallest pillow to the largest bureau.  In Philadelphia it will join other goods bound for San Juan and travel in a container, by ship.  From San Juan it will be loaded onto another truck for the ferry trip to Vieques, hopefully coinciding with my April arrival.  I will have just over a month to organize the house and make some needed repairs before my summer show season begins.  Fred will join me for the last two weeks.
 
Fred and I are on a Colorado ski vacation mid March when we are notified that our shipment has reached San Juan!!

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