We met with a great attorney to start all of our paperwork and begin the official corporation. Who knew coming up with a name would be so hard?! We must have tossed around over 50 names before going back to one that might have started out as a joke. Assuming the name goes through, I will write more on how that came about.
One of the requirements for our corporation to be formed, is to open a local bank account. It turns out they needed a few items. First: A letter of good standing from a current bank, check...we got this! Unfortunately, ours was dated at the beginning of July and did not count. We needed one that was less than 30 days old. Second: A personal recommendation from someone that has an account at that bank. This one we had. We choose this bank because we did know someone that currently banks there. Third: Two forms of I.D. Turns out that I was not prepared for that part. I only brought my passport. Forth: Last year's tax returns. We also did not have this. It was packed in our shipping container which might be here at the end of the week. Fifth: Write a small essay about why we want an account and a little about ourselves. Can you believe my husband would not let me see his! He thought I would cheat and copy from him. Sixth: Okay....well, you get the point. We did not get the account today, but we THINK we now have the rest of the documents we need with a few international calls and a couple of emails to some wonderful people. So we will attempt to finish the paper work tomorrow and then wait the 5 days for approval to actually open the account. Did I mention that we have to dress up to go to the bank, we are not acclimated enough to want to put on long pants yet . Luckily, my husband has convertible pants that can turn into shorts....I am stuck with my limited clothing options until the container arrives with the rest of my clothes. :(
Next was the health certificates. That turned out to be the easiest thing we did all week. Twenty minutes at the doctor's office and we were on our way.
Getting the title to the truck. This was a very long process. We met the sellers on Monday at the Municipio Building which we luckily found in the town of David after driving around for awhile. However, they did not have the original title with them. We sat and waited as the seller went to different teller windows and did who knows what. After an hour he informed us that we just needed to go upstairs with him and get the title printed out. Actually, we had no idea what we were waiting to get at that window, but we understood that the system was down and we would need to return again the next day. Today....we successfully have a title to the truck! Yay!
We had a roofer and a surveyor also working on the property. Thankfully, our neighbor handled most of that and we just had to answer a few questions and listen to what they had to say. Oh yeah...I forgot about the guy that was working on making a level spot for the container before it comes this week.
Cell phone: Yay...my data is fixed. That involved going into the cell phone store and taking a number and then waiting...waiting...waiting and then finally when our number came up, we find out that my phone did not have the internet provider numbers programmed correctly. All is good now....sigh.
We had to figure out how to send some documents for our residency visas to a friend in the USA fast. Needless to say, that took two trips, since we did not have everything necessary to mail it the first time. Then, I had sweet talk to my friend into accepting the package when it arrives and doing the legwork for me, so she can turn around and send it back before the deadline. Okay, so maybe I did not sweet talk her, maybe it was begging....unless she reads this, I will just go with sweet talking.
We did manage to fit in a hike. Neither of us are sure if we live next to a jungle or a cloud forest though. Whatever it is, it has monkeys, toucans, parrots, small porcupines...and who knows what else! It is very pretty though and we love to hear the birds all day long.