After a two day rest we emerged ready for a new adventure. Lucky for us our home-exchange partners (James and Sandra) are flexible so we headed to Costa Brava, Spain. It’s a long term house and car swap and James has been in our home since the day we left New Zealand.
We have decided to stay here a while and make it our base. First off, it is really nice to unpack and settle in. Secondly, what a great opportunity for a bit of Spanish immersion. My ability to speak is quite rusty and the girls are quickly discovering that the nonchalant attitude towards their Spanish lessons back home may not have been the best approach.
We met James in New Zealand before we left and he told us our home was so very different than his. Now we understand.
We are now in a charming 17th century home with wood floors, brick ceilings and thick stone walls which insulate it nicely. We are hoping we will not melt without air conditioning in the Spanish summer. I recently had a Skype chat with a friend who misinterpreted the sweat dripping down my face as a “glow.”
The big change for us is the neighborhood. I can only imagine James is going crazy from too much silence back at our New Zealand home.
Here the old houses are right next to each other and there is no foot path (sidewalk), so when I open the door I step out into the narrow street. Yes, sometimes cars go by, and none quietly.
Because of the close proximity, you can hear everything. It is as if your neighbors are in your home with you. We can’t understand most of it as Catalan is the primary language, although everyone speaks Spanish as well. Very few speak any English.
It is just lovely here. Lots to learn, but we are happy so far.
We are on an adventure.
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