Interim Review

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When we set out on this mad adventure, we had a jumble of objectives. To learn Spanish, to have an adventure we’d never forget, to get some sun on our blue-white skin, to change directions and find a different and simpler way of living, to spend quality time with the children whilst they are young, for Al to get some solid teaching experience.

Well, we’re over 6 months in now (and well on the way to 7 months) – so it’s high-time for an Interim Review against what we set out to achieve. [Read more…]

Los abuelos han salido

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We’re all pretty low today. After three lovely, lovely weeks, Granny and Grandad have left us to return to England. It was great having them here. The children love their grandparents dearly, and were very tearful at ‘goodbye’ time this morning.  For me these past weeks have been a reminder of all the great qualities that my parents posses – fast to praise, slow to criticise, with unending patience and boundless humility.

Still, the show must go on. It’s back to school tomorrow (for us all). There are shoes to polish, water bottles to fill and bags to pack. But in the meantime here are my happiest memories from the past three weeks: [Read more…]

A row of beans

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One of the things that has surprised us in this country is the price of food.   Before we left we thought (perhaps naively) that food here would be cheap.  “It’s a developing country, many people are very poor – surely food must be cheap – how else could they live?”  The truth is that food here is expensive and takes a huge slice of many peoples’ income – and the poorer you are, the bigger the slice. [Read more…]