But not just any Doctor’s Office. The Doctor that lived here was such a fixture in the city that if I want to give people directions to our house all I have to say is “We live beside Dr. Escalante’s house”. Present tense. Even though he hasn’t lived there for 20 years. Anyone that was born in San Cristobal de las Casas knows exactly what I’m talking about.
If I were to say that I live in his old office or on street “X”, they’d look at me with glazed eyes. But the fact that no one knows what the streets are called or even their own address (I’m not exaggerating), is not the purpose of this post.
The purpose is that the house has some “unique features” and I’m not talking about ghosts.
Take “The Phone Booth” for instance.
While it’s not exactly a phone booth (although we thought it was for years), that’s what we call it. We think that it was probably a small change room. We’ve recently added shelving so now you wouldn’t think it was anything but a fancy closet with an orange tinted glass window.
Then there’s the kitchen sink.
We figure it was originally intended as a sink for washing hands. If it was used for washing dishes then it is seriously lacking in that department. You can hardly wash more than a few things at the same time and the spout often hits whatever it is you’re rinsing. I regularly have to buy new drinking glasses.
The fact that it was intended as a place to wash your hands (for sanitary purposes) makes me a bit concerned. You see, while there are two taps and they both work, neither is connected to the hot water heater. And it’s not just a case of the two being switched (like the tap in the bathroom). Yes, we wash our dishes in cold water but I’m saving that for another post.
And, in case of a catastrophic event, we’re ready. The 10-foot ceilings and slanted floors will provide a natural slope for water drainage and the height will give that little extra room while treading water. Because we get a lot of tsunami’s and hurricanes at 2,200m.
And then there’s the staircase that leads nowhere…
We scratched our head about this for a long time. We figured it must have led somewhere but couldn’t quite figure it out. Then we realized that it must have led to the bedroom (on the other side of the wall) and the door that connects the two bedrooms (you have to walk through one bedroom to get to the other) must have been added at a later date. Not that either room was ever a bedroom anyways. It doesn’t matter to us because we use the one with the sink as a kitchen and the other one as a bedroom.
There are a lot of other things that make this house “special” but they have nothing to do with the fact that it was a Doctors Office.