We had great plans to have an early breakfast today and head back to the Empadronamiento to register. The intention was to enjoy the cool of the morning before the heat and humidity increased.
|GLASS! WHAT YOU SEE WHEN THE CENSUS BUREAU IS OPEN.|
We woke up at about 8 (that is, by the way, extremely early for us in recent weeks). But we rolled over and went back to sleep and 9:32 arrived awfully quickly (and, for us recently, that’s still admittedly not bad). We finally headed out for breakfast at 10:35. By the time we walked over to the Empadronamiento, it was 11:15, the brief overcast had cleared, and the heat was increasing. For Jerry’s sake, we slowly sauntered.
We had success. Or, as is said in Spanish, we had “éxito,” which means success. It is one of those words I am grateful to understand; the initial assumed translation (exit) didn’t make much sense. Anyway, we are now registered with the census bureau and counted among the residents of Sevilla!
I saw a plaque on one of the nearby buildings in the warren surrounding the Empadronamiento. Apparently, these buildings have been here since around 1585. I am awestruck.
|THE COURTYARD OF A GOVERNMENT BUILDING NEAR THE EMPADRONAMIENTO.|
Now that we’re registered with the Empadronamiento, we can head Monday morning to the office for foreigners (Oficina de Extranjeros) in the spectacular Plaza de España to see how far we get with the rest of our registration process (to obtain our final resident cards). We have read online (expat posts) that you can make an appointment. We have also read online (expat posts) that you can NOT make an appointment and that you simply wait in line. The posts that said you need an appointment said you phone ahead for one. I tried phoning a dozen times today before they closed at 2 (well, their posted summer hours say they close at 2) and I never got an answer. So, we’ll wait in line. We’ll bring water and snacks and we’ll see how it goes. We have also read on those expat posts that we need to wait in line the first time to obtain a form that we then complete and take to the bank. At the bank, we submit the form and pay a 10-euro fee. We then — we’ve read — go back another day to the Oficina de Extranjeros, wait in line again, submit the receipt, our visas, and all the other paperwork and proofs we’ve carried since submitting our applications at the consulate in Los Angeles, and we complete the process. The web is so full of helpful as well as completely bogus information. This should be interesting.
|WHAT EVERY DRIVEWAY NEEDS.|
The lawyer who manages our building emailed me a bit ago. His English is slightly worse than my Spanish (well, maybe more than slightly). And he kindly and unfortunately insists on writing his emails in English. This is what he wrote:
We at least understand that one of us needs to be at the apartment 2:30 Monday afternoon. We have a general idea of the rest (a new meter needs to be installed), although the water is supposedly already taken care of and the lawyer does consistently confuse the English word “water” with the English word “electricity,” so it’s possible the new electrical meter is being installed Monday (especially since someone was coming from the electric company today to give a safety clearance so that we could have the meter installed and the power turned on). In any case, I will be there Monday at 2:30 to meet someone. I just hope that leaves us enough time to take care of our first pass at our residency cards. I think I’d better set the alarm.