I am unreasonable excited by the fact that I got mail delivered by Correo Uruguayo to my new apartment in this brand new building. How you get the mail is one of those little things that differs from place to place. In Uruguay, at least in my town of Altántida, homes do not have mailboxes. Unless they have fenced-in yards, in which case a mailbox is bolted to the fence with just a front slot but an opening on the other side for removing the mail. We don’t have that. Just a gravel driveway and a dirt-becoming-grass patch in front of each modest apartment.
I was really unclear if we needed to do something to let the postal service know we existed here, that this building even existed. Also, there are no street numbers to buildings in Atlántida, so you give your address in various informal ways, like (in Spanish of course), “7th Street at the corner of Pine”, or “General Artigas across from the Bank”. If you have named your home with a big sign out front, you add that. Our complex has a name, but absolutely no sign, so we are just Apto 3 at the corner of two streets.
But which street to name first? It is an L-shaped building, and Aptos 1 & 2 are on one street, while 3-5 are on the other. Do I go by where the building starts? Do I go by the larger of the two streets? Do I go by the bizarre-to-me Padrón, Manzana, and Solar? Do I place it between the two avenues rather than on the corner? Plus do I include the unposted and perhaps simply informal name? Mysteries upon enigmas 🙂
But resolution comes in the form of two pieces of mail slipped under the door Wednesday and Thursday. The water bill, and the electric bill. Both arrived. Both with forms of addresses different from anything I have given out. Each different from the other!
I think I’m going to send myself a letter. Or three. See which ones get here.