We dreamed of retiring to our dream home in the sun, though we wanted something to do to occupy ourselves. We were buying on a golf resort, the idea being that I would part-time as a complementary therapist and John would also look for part-time work. Not that we needed to earn money as we both had reasonable pensions to live on, but we thought we might get bored otherwise - and every extra penny helps too!
Well, the original dream home didn´t materialise (the developer went into voluntary administration - it´s a long story and if you are really interested you can read my book! )
I discovered that it would cost me a lot of money to work as a complementary therapist, which would mean finding loads of clients to pay for my insurance, social security payments etc, so at the moment I am not doing reflexology or on-site massage as I had originally planned. There is no golf course or new development for John to find part-time work either. So are we getting bored?
On Mondays we help a friend´s 10 year old daughter with her English. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we go to Spanish lessons. On Wednesdays we spend one hour with a Ukrainian friend, helping her with English assignments, plus one hour with a Spanish teenager, helping him with his English, We have also been asked to set up an intercambio de lengua.
A Spanish street dog decided to adopt us, so we do a fair bit of walking, as well as going to the local market and to the shops. We have made some good friends locally, both Spanish and English, so we meet friends for coffee several times a week plus we make the occasional visit to a bar for tapas and vino.
In my spare time I am now writing for several free magazines based in Spain, as well as working on my blog. John takes our dog Lisa for a walk, or watches football on Spanish TV, while I am writing, so that keeps him out of mischief.
We have lived here for nearly two years now and although reality is nothing like our original dream, we can honestly say that we have a wonderful life here and have no regrets.