This month found us fairly spread out, with clusters of people living in the same buildings. There was one apartment building very close to the workspace, which housed about half of the group, and several others spread out from there. I lived in the only “house” this month (as opposed to apartment buildings), with 4 roommates.
Minutes to the workspace: 15
Style: 5 bedroom house
Roommates: Alex, Nicky, Dan, Abby Z
Bathrooms: 2 upstairs, one downstairs
Neighborhood: La Condesa
Best thing: this was the first apartment to have a desk in my bedroom, and a keyless entry front door was nice
Worst thing: zero space to store things – no drawers or shelves in the bedrooms or bathrooms, plus this building was the 2nd furthest from the workspace
This was not my favorite accommodation. My top priority that I gave to Remote Year regarding my accommodations was to be near the workspace and the 2nd and 3rd priorities were my own bathroom and a modern apartment. This house was the second furthest RY apartment from the workspace, it was an old building that had not been renovated or redecorated, and the bathrooms were terrible (small, no space for toiletries, terrible water pressure, moldy shower curtains, and 3 of us – or more when visitors were there – shared one shower). I did enjoy my roommates and the fact that the house had no keys (you used a keypad with a code to enter).
The kitchen was your standard RY kitchen, but the oven had to be lit with a match (we nearly exploded several apartments trying to turn on ovens this month). The living room had a very retro dresser and a very uncomfortable couch + 2 arm chairs.
This was a fairly new workspace for Remote Year – they only recently moved into this space and there were definitely some kinks to be worked out…to say the least. The space is beautiful, and completely inconducive to getting any work done.
The workspace consists of 7 floors, none of which have any dedicated space for Remote Year (RY). Our main space was supposed to be the 6th floor, but there were multiple issues with this space:
- There was no AC in this area. This space had a greenhouse-like effect, as there was an open air entry on one side, and a glass ceiling that trapped midday heat.
- There was no dedicated RY space, save for one desk/office that belonged to the city team.
- The workspace turned off the elevator after 10am. They did this to “save energy,” but this meant if you arrived after 10am, or if you wanted to go for lunch, you had to hoof it up 6 flights of stairs to get back to the work area. NOPE.
- The internet was absolutely abysmal. Not once in any of the attempts I made to utilize this space was it able to successful hold a video call for me, which is my primary need as a project manager in meetings all day. I ended up working from home most days because of this.
- There was a (lightly) air conditioned space on the main floor, but there were so many people constantly traipsing through there / being noisy that it was next to impossible to get any work done.
- There were some decent booth spaces on the first floor (again, with noise issues) but they were in dark corners and the workspace denied my request to turn on the lights that were right above them, citing that the lights are only allowed to come on at night to conserve energy.
I really have no idea why Remote Year tolerates this. The main point of a workspace is to be a comfortable place with reliable internet access that we can do our work at. This space was completely inconducive to work in every regard. RY needs to put their foot down and demand that the internet issues be fixed, and the “energy saving” measures be reduced to reasonable asks. Otherwise, what are we paying for?
I suppose in the end it didn’t matter that my apartment was so far from the workspace since I never ended up using it anyway, but I should have had the option. I also struggled to find suitable cafes to work from when I tired of working from my bedroom all day every day.
In summary, this was not my favorite month for either housing or the workspace (but spoiler alert: I loved living in Mexico City!).